What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise method, designed to stretch, strengthen and restore your body to balance. Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, initially as a form of exercise to strengthen his own body.  Pilates is a mat-based exercise with no impact which makes this a great form of exercise for people with joint issues.  Pilates strengthens the inner muscles around the abdomen, which support the spine and the body.  A stronger core enables a better functioning body and it reduces lower back ache.

Who is Pilates suitable for?
Everyone of all ages and all fitness levels from those wanting to keep the joints loose to football players wanting to strengthen their core and obtain overall balance. However, if you have any injuries, medical conditions or if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, please check with your GP that Pilates is suitable for you.

If your GP or health professional recommends Pilates, please discuss this with me as consent from your GP may be required, as well as a letter describing the condition with recommendations and contraindications.


I have hurt my back the Physio said I should do Pilates.  Can I join your class?                                                                                                                  All clients are required to complete a healh questionnaire before joining a class.  This allows me to assess your suitability and also provides an opporunity to have a chat with you.   If you've got issues then I would highly recommend joining a beginners class OR having a private session first before joining another group.  If you've had major surgery/slipped discs etc then we'll need to have a more in depth discussion.


I've never done Pilates before - can I join your class?                                                                                                                                                        Whilst my classes can be adapted and modified to suit all levels, I do feel that some classes are better suited for beginners than other classes.  Friday mornings at Winners is the perfect class (and soon to be Wednesday morning).  The moves are kept more to a beginners standard and I would also recommend the Friday evening class in Kingskerswell (next to the Sloop) OR Monday evening in Dawlish at the Manor.    I love Pilates and of course I want everyone else to love Pilates too.  Some of my clients have been attending classes for a few years now and those classes tend to a be a bit quicker - hence I have suggested the classes above.   I believe it will allow you to enjoy your introduction to Pilates more rather than trying to "keep up with the rest of them".


How many people are in the classes?
I have a variety of classes – some clients, which have been with me long term.  In these classes I’m happy to take 14 in the class.  For my beginner classes or newer classes I take a maximum of 14 people in a group matwork class to ensure the safety of my clients and the quality of teaching and that individual attention can be given to each client.  Matwork can also be taught on a 1-2-1 basis, ask me for details.  If the group becomes too large I will look to start a second class in order to maintain that personal connection with my clients.

Occasionally there might be an extra few people as clients drop in and out of classes to make up for missed sessions.


How long is a class?
60 minutes so please be on time to ensure a prompt start.


What should I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing such as leggings, jogging bottoms, t shirt and socks.  Men are to wear cycling shorts under their loose shorts.   I'm sure you don't want everyone else seeing what's under your shorts....or under your pants :)   It is advisable to bring something warm to wear at the start of a class if you feel the cold.  Jeans are not appropriate because of buckles and zips etc.  For ladies that wear leggings - it is advisable to CHECK YOUR LEGGINGS as some leggings are really thin and see-through!  

Do I need to bring a mat?
No, all equipment is provided by me.  You may want to bring some water and a small towel.


Is Pilates aerobic?                                                                                                                                                                                                                     While the primary focus of Pilates is not aerobic, some aerobic benefits can be achieved at more advanced levels. It is recommended that Pilates is supplemented with regular cardiovascular exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming.  If you are looking for more of a cardio workout - there's always High Intensity Pilates (HIT Pilates), which offers both the benefits of traditional Pilates and a great cardio workout!


Will I lose weight?
Pilates is not primarily about weight loss.  However, Pilates exercise can support weight loss and give a more streamlined appearance. Ideally you should combine Pilates with a healthy diet and some additional cardiovascular exercise if you wish to reduce body fat.  I do, however, teach High Intensity Pilates, which is an infusion of short bursts of cardio exercise with Pilates used as a recovery burst.  HIT Pilates is high impactive so not particularly ideal for clients with bad joints – however exercises can be modified at a lower pace.


What is core stability? Why is it important?                                                                                                                                                                            Core stability is about training the muscles that support the spine and is fundamental to the Pilates method. Core stability is important because it provides a protective muscular corset which helps to stabilise the spine. It also helps to prevent or reduce lower back pain.


How many classes do I need to take to see improvement?
Everyone is different.  

In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body
— Joseph Pilates

The vast majority of my clients noticed a difference within 5 weeks of starting Pilates after attending 5 consecutive sessions.

I do have a large number of clients that took the opportunity of the monthly membership and now attend 2 or 3 sessions per week.  Every single one of these clients have commented on the difference doing two classes has made.

In order to enjoy the full benefits that Pilates has to offer, it is recommended that you attend classes regularly.  Persistence and patience is key to seeing and feeling the difference.


Will Pilates fix my bad back?
Pilates cannot promise to ‘fix’ any medical conditions but it is an excellent form of exercise to improve the core stability necessary for a healthy spine and bringing balance back to the body, thereby reducing pain and minimising the effects of certain conditions.  it always brings a smile to my face when I see clients who could barely move when they started now a lot more mobile and pain free compared to when they first started.


Is Pilates safe?
Pilates is highly recommended by health professionals as one of the safest forms of exercise. However, it’s always advisable to check with your GP or medical practitioner first.  It is also important to make sure you have a properly qualified instructor.  I am a Level 3 Pilates Instructor, Pregnancy Pilates, Reformer Trained and I’m on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).


Is Pilates a safe form of exercise for pre and post-natal women?
Yes, but please inform me before your class if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby so your particular needs can be assessed and adaptations made to exercises for you.


How do I book a class?                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pop over to the Book Now tab and book your spot online using the online booking form.


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