Pilates FAQs

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing for exercising and ideally a top which isn't so baggy so that I can see the shape of your spine. It isn't necessary to be lycra clad, however, in the warmer months or the more demanding classes you may feel more comfortable in a vest or light T-shirt. A warmer top with sleeves is perfect to start off with and a short sleeve base layer to go down to if you need.

We go barefoot but if you prefer then socks are fine. Yoga/pilates socks are ideal if you prefer to keep your feet covered.

Do I need to bring my own mat?

I provide mats, bands, blocks and occasionally flexiballs. If you prefer to bring your own mat that is fine. I carry antibacterial wipes should you wish to wipe your borrowed mat.

It is good practice to bring a water bottle which you can keep by your mat or by the side of the room. There is water available at all of the venues if you need to re-fill. 

Do I have to book a course?

All classes apart from Post-natal Pilates are bookable in advance for the coming half term block. This is between 4-8 weeks depending on the length of the school term. If the course is not full then a pay-as-you-go option is available on a first come first served basis. These sessions are payable on the day at an increased rate of £10 per class. These must be booked with me in advance.

Do I need to be fit?

No. 'Fitness' is an ambiguous term and types of fitness vary as do individual's interpretation of it. Certain classes are more suitable for beginners and some for more experienced Pilates participants. If you have a back or join issue then then some classes may work better for you. For advice or if you are unsure of which class would be best please discuss with me.

Will I get hot and sweaty?

You will increase your core temperature a little as you work through some of the bigger moves resulting in a healthy glow, but as the sessions are not designed to work your heart and lungs you shouldn't need to towel off at the end of the class. However, the Sports Pilates class is designed to be a little more dynamic and some of the big moves can mean that your heart and lungs start to work harder. It is best to wear a vest/exercise top for these sessions.

Do I have to wait until the start of a new course?

If the course is not full then you may join for the remainder of the block and pay for the number of weeks left of the term. When the course is full you will be kept on a waiting list for the following term. At the end of the course the current participants decide whether or not they wish to continue or if they want to move to a different class. Spaces then available in each class will be offered to those on the waiting list. 

Do men do Pilates?

Yes they can and yes they do! Core stability, postural problems and muscular imbalances are a problem for men and women and so all of the classes are mixed with the exception of the post-natal class.

Can I bring my child/baby?

Yes babies up to crawling age are very welcome to the post-natal class. They don't need to stay quiet and you can feed/cuddle whenever you need to as this class is very relaxed and functional. Please bring something to lay your baby on and any soft toys. 

Please don't bring babies or young  children  to other classes, however lovely they are, as they are a distraction to you and others in the class. 

How long can I attend a post-natal class?

You can continue in this class for up to a year post-partum as this is a suitable period to focus on post-natal Pilates only and doesn't include all of the Joseph Pilates moves. You can come with or without your baby. However, once your baby is crawling with vigour it may be time to move on as it becomes difficult to contain your little one. 

I'm pregnant - can I come to a class?

If you have been doing Pilates prior to pregnancy there is no need to stop unless you have been advised to do so by your GP or midwife. It is essential however, to let your instructor know  so modifications and allowances  can be made. These classes are not tailored to the needs of pregnant ladies in the way which an antenatal Pilates class is but some classes maybe adapted to allow you to continue.