Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT DOES 'PILATES' MEAN?

Pilates [puh-LA-teez] is a unique system of exercises designed to utilize the body efficiently to attain a higher level of overall wellness. The aim is greater flexibility, lengthening, strengthening, and postural body balance. Particular emphasis is placed on the "Core" (abdominals, back muscles, buttocks, and inner thighs). Pilates is a full-body conditioning program that can be adapted to any age or fitness level. It is gentle enough for rehabilitation, yet challenging enough for the strongest of athletes. 


WHO FOUNDED PILATES?

Joseph H. Pilates born in Germany in 1880, as the result of a frail childhood, developed a lifelong interest in body conditioning. In 1912, he left Germany for England and trained as a boxer. During World War I, he was interned in England and sent to work as a nurse. He designed exercise apparatus for immobilized patients. He later immigrated to the United States, where he formalized his fitness regime, developed specialized exercise apparatus, and opened the first Pilates Studio in 1926. Joseph Pilates died in 1967. 


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES?

The workout is designed to work your whole body. Depending on your own personal fitness level and the other fitness activities you participate in. We believe that doing Pilates 3-4 times a week (every other day) is ideal. Some students come 5 times a week. You will see and feel results in as little as 1 time per week it will take longer to see the results. The key is to listen to your body and find a routine that works for you.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?

Wear clothes that you can move freely in with no exposed buttons, buckles or zippers. Pilates is done with non-slip grip socks; toe socks; also known as grippy socks. We have some grippy socks available for purchase at the studio if you don't already have any.


HOW LONG ARE YOUR CLASSES?

Pliates Classes and Sessions are 50 to 55 minutes in duration. Note that classes are on a sign-up and appointment basis. Sign-up for one or more classes or sessions at a time. Classes need not be consecutive. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy with no refunds.


WHAT DOES EACH CLASS INCLUDE?

Mats, hand towels, water, and all equipment necessary for class. 


HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?

Private Training
Select a time that works best for you

Group Classes
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Talk To Us
Call  (415) 920-9133