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Frequently asked questions

Am I fit enough?

As long as you can get down on the floor and up again you are fit enough! Our clients have a wide range of physical fitness but Pilates can and does benefit them all - from the fit cyclist with stiff hip flexors to the older person struggling to stand up after gardening.

Am I too old?

You are never too old to start Pilates! We find that it is older people who really benefit from Pilates - improving their mobility and helping them to do things they thought they couldn't do any more. Many of our clients are over 70 - our oldest client was 93!

Is it for men and women?

Pilates is great for both men and women - arguably it's men with their stiffer muscles and backs who benefit most! We run separate classes for men and women because we adopt a slightly different approach for each and find that it makes classes more relaxed.

What do I need to bring?

You will need an exercise mat - but we have a couple spare if you don't have one when you start. Any other equipment used in the exercises is supplied.

What should I wear?

We recommend comfortable loose fitting clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, leggings, tops or T-shirts. You won't wear shoes during class so bring a pair of socks.

I haven't done Pilates before - what should I expect?

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise designed to strengthen your body's core muscles - the ones that should support your back, neck and those other parts of the body which so often end up in pain as a result of poor posture. You will therefore go through a series of exercises that work on that core - some performed while standing, others executed on the mat. Classes last one hour and by the end of your session you should feel pleasantly stretched and toned!

What happens at my first class?

When you first come to class we will ask you to complete a registration and health declaration form and we will take a few minutes to assess you and introduce you to the basics of Pilates.

Do I have to sign up for a course?

We ask all our clients to pay in advance for a term of 10 lessons. Courses run on a (school) termly basis all year.

How soon will I see any benefit?

Pilates is not a quick fix but by attending regular classes you will soon begin to see improvement in your body's posture and core strength. After one term you will certainly notice an improvement and after three terms your body will feel very different.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

- A stronger, healthier back

- A more toned, leaner, mobile and flexible body

- A flatter stomach

- A better balance between strength and flexibility

- Rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment

- Greater body awareness

- Better posture

- Better coordination

- Injury prevention and rehabilitation

- Relief from stress

- General fitness

- A sense of calm and well-being