Pilates FAQ’S:

  • Am I told old to do Pilates?

A: No, Pilates is suitable for everyone. A lot of our members are in their retirement years and love doing our Pilates. We focus on the classical principles of Pilates and don’t do any of the advanced moves, so it is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Can younger people benefit from Pilates?

A: Yes of course. Pilates is a gentle and enjoyable way to long-term fitness and stress relief. Whether you are 20 years old and want to do Pilates for core strength, 40 years old and want to control your back pain or 80 years old and want to keep yourself fit and active. Pilates is for you.

  • I have never done Pilates before, does that matter?

A: No, as our class ability ranges from Beginners to Intermediate levels. If you struggle with a move, our instructor can modify the move for you to make it a little easier for you.

  • What is a POSTURAL MOT?

A: A Postural MOT is like an MOT on a car but on your body. It shows where your strengths and weaknesses are in your body and helps the Physio-Led Rehab Pilates Instructor determine which exercises will be best for you during the classes. This is complementary upon signing up to be a member of our Pilates Classes.

  • What do I wear?

A: Comfy, fitting workout gear. Leggings and a sports bra/tank top. We don’t wear shoe’s in our Pilates, so you don’t need to buy fancy trainers.

  • Do I need to bring anything?

A: Just a water bottle. We provide all the Pilates equipment in our Clinic. If you are attending virtually then you can purchase the equipment from us directly.

  • Is there somewhere I can get changed?

A: We have a toilet where you can get changed, however, we would prefer you to come ready for Pilates as we only have 1 toilet for changing so there could be a queue and you may miss the beginning of the class.

  • Where do I leave my belongings?

A: We have shelves and coat hooks where you can leave your small bag, coat and shoes. Please try to limit what you bring with you.

  • Can you cater for different levels of ability?

A: Yes, we have different classes for beginners and Intermediate. If you have had an injury or have any concerns, then please contact us to book a POSTURAL MOT and then we can recommend the best class for you considering your strengths and weaknesses in your body.

  • How will I know if I am doing the moves correctly?

A: Our instructor watches you like a hawk. If you are doing a move incorrectly, our instructor will help you correctly do the move, so you feel the full benefits.

  • What if I have a question during the class?

A: Just ask. Obviously if the class is flowing and the question isn’t urgent, please leave it to the end of the class but if your question is regarding a move you are doing and you are unsure you are doing it right etc then please just ask straight away so the instructor can help you.

  • Will I be the only man?

A: No, we do have quite a few men who attend our classes too. It depends on the time and date of class as to what the ratio is of men to women in that particular class.

  • How can I pay?

A: You can pay by card over the phone or via bank transfer.

  • How do I book?

A: Call us on 01625 460 382 or email us at reception@able2-physio.co.uk

  • What if I miss a class in the block?

A: Don’t worry about it. If you can’t attend one of your classes, then you can swap to a different class to make it up, as long as it is in that same 6 week block.

  • How long until I see/feel the benefits?

A: Most people feel like they have worked out the tummy muscles after just 1 class, but it does vary from person to person. To quote Joseph Pilates: “In 10 sessions you will feel better, in 20 you will look better, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”

  • What is Physio-Led Pilates?

A: Physio-Led Pilates is where the Instructor is a Qualified Physiotherapist with medical experience and knowledge meaning it is safe for those with physical pain and injury to attend the class.

  • Can I do Pilates alongside Physiotherapy?

A: Yes. Many of our members come to our Pilates Classes alongside having Physiotherapy with us too. Depending on the reasons for you having Physio will determine if, when and how often you should attend a Pilates class. If you are unsure, please consult your GP or Physiotherapist.

  • What are the benefits of Pilates?

A: The benefits of doing Pilates on a regular basis include: Improve posture, flexibility, muscle tone, joint mobility, balance, core strength, relieve stress and tension and helps reduce the risk of injury.

  • What are the differences between Pilates and Yoga?

A: The Pilates taught at ABLE2 is Body Control Pilates which breaks down the complex advanced routine Joseph Pilates first created, into exercises which are safely progressed into more complex exercises as your strength and flexibility improve. Yoga has flows, sequences of poses and movements which your body might not be able to cope with if it has injury and stiffness. Body control Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise which doesn’t require the flexibility that some Yoga poses can demand, therefore if you are concerned about your body not being fit, flexible or strong enough then Body Control Pilates is a great place to start.

 

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