FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if Pilates is right for me?


Pilates can be tailored to just about anyone, regardless of age, gender or fitness level - just one of the reasons it has exploded in popularity over recent years. Our group classes are very small, but if you have never tried it before and are not quite ready to join a class - or if you have an injury or a condition that affects your movement - then why not come along for a 1.1 first? During this session, we can discuss your goals and any injuries you may be carrying and you can then make a better judgement call on whether or not you want to join in a group class.




What do I wear for a class?


Whatever you feel comfortable in! Pretty much anything goes but a good suggestion would be to wear something light and not too restrictive. No footwear is needed, socks are optional and it's always a good idea to carry a bottle of water along too.




I notice you run Reformer classes - what are they?


A reformer is a wonderful piece of Pilates apparatus that can be used by elite athletes at the very top of their game, or people who are brand new to any type of Pilates class. Unlike with mat classes - which use just body weight and gravity to challenge movement - the reformer has a set of springs which can be used to either resist or assist movement, making it a wonderful tool for strengthening, lengthening and mobilising the body in a safe and very efficient way. For more information, have a look at our reformer page using our drop down menu at the top of the website.




How often should I do a class?


This is entirely up to you! Like with many forms of exercise, you will see and feel results quicker if you are consistent. Doing multiple classes a week is brilliant, but we understand that most people won't have the time or means to commit to this. We therefore recommend an hour a week as a minimum guide but once you've attended a few sessions we feel confident you'll pick up some movements that you can do at home in between sessions (should you be so inclined!).




Can I do Pilates with an injury?


Pilates is used as a rehabilitative tool and is often recommended by health professionals. As there is a huge range of possible injuries, a general rule is to get the 'okay' from your GP or physical therapist before embarking on a class and to always flag up any issues at the beginning of a session. Depending on the severity and site of the injury, you may be asked to do one or more 1.1 sessions before entering a group class; this will enable us to safely teach modifications which can then be performed in a class until the injury has improved.




What are you doing to manage the risk of Covid-19?


We are doing everything we can to keep our clients safe and, in order to ensure you feel comfortable attending the studio, we are going beyond government recommendations. For this reason, we will not be offering group classes until it is deemed completely safe to do so. With just one person (or two people from the same household) in the studio at any one time alongside the instructor, we are able to ensure a distance of +2 metres at all times. The machines and any additional equipment will be disinfected immediately after use, hand sanitiser will be available and required to be used prior to sessions and, during colder weather, if the doors and windows cannot be left open to ensure ventilation then sessions can take place via video link so that you are the only person in the room at any one time. Please take a look at the 'Covid secure classes' tab on the main menu to find out what's on offer.





Petts Wood Pilates, Orpington BR5 1BA

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