Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance.
What equipment is used at PilatesReformed?
We use Pilates Reformers, long narrow beds with resistance springs that allow for literally hundreds of smooth, resistance-based exercises for the whole body - whether we are lying down, seated, kneeling or standing. We also use Springboards, a spring-based resistance tool which is fixed to a wall. These further increase our variety of movements.
If I haven’t done any exercise in years - or ever - would it be OK for me to do Pilates?
If your doctor says it’s OK to participate in an exercise program, this will be a great place to start! You do not have to have an athletic background or be in excellent shape to start Pilates. Movements are explained or demonstrated and can be modified as needed. Resistance can be adjusted as well to accommodate for strength.
I have a ‘bad back’ (or knee or shoulder) and someone said this would be really good for me. Why?
Movement with the springs can feel both supportive and challenging, and can be adjusted to allow for smaller, slower movements and lighter weights. People often stop all activity when something is bothersome. Pilates can help you find what you CAN do and build upon that.
If I am an avid runner (biker, golfer, hiker, etc), how would PilatesReformed benefit me?
The movements and exercises at PilatesReformed are designed to help increase body awareness, proprioception, coordination and balance - helpful tools in life as well as in sports. Movements to increase core strength, muscle balance (flexion and extension at joints), side-to-side work for lateral strengthening, and rotational exercises better prepare and protect the body for the many activities. Many of the movements also work to strengthen the smaller muscles that help support the joints.
What do I need for class?
Wear comfortable clothing, form-fitting is better if that is comfortable for you. Shorts that hug the legs closely are best so that undergarments are concealed as we move legs around. We ask that socks with grips are worn for all classes, for safety. Generally called “yoga socks”, they can be purchased online or in many stores that sell athletic gear. We also have some for sale at the studio if you need to purchase before class. It’s also a good idea to bring a water bottle and perhaps a small sweat towel for your comfort.
Can I shower or change clothes at the studio?
We do have a bathroom for changing clothes, but no shower.
How large are the classes?
We have equipment for 8 people in class.
Can family members share an account?
Yes, family members that live in the same household may share an account and divide the class credits as needed.