F.A.Q's

pilates |Harrisburg |barre

ATTIRE

Dress comfortably so that your movement is not restricted, but try not to wear clothing that is too loose fitting. It is important that the instructor be able to observe your body as you move. You will not need your shoes upon arrival, pilates exercises are done barefoot, or you can wear special toe socks, if you prefer.

I HAVE A PRE-EXISTING INJURY. Is Pilates a good idea?

Pilates is excellent and safe for someone in physical therapy. It is a system of body conditioning that is both gentle and athletic, known for its “feel good” and body transforming results. All classes are customized to meet our clients’ needs, we take extra care to ensure that our student’s individual health goals and concerns are addressed

How Often Should I Do Pilates?

It depends on the results you want to achieve and how quickly you would like to achieve them. The more often you work out, the quicker you see and feel improvement. Joe recommended clients do pilates 4 times a week. We are aware that for most people this can be challenging, so we will work with you to identify the ideal number of classes per week that will help you achieve your health goals. Most of our clients do Pilates 2-3 per week. Once a week is beneficial, but results will be slower, unless you are also practicing at home.

Is Pilates cardio?

Jump board is definitely cardio. The other classes are steady and will get you blood flowing but are not like going for a jog. Sadly cardio is a necessary evil. Allison loves running! The rest of the staff loves jump board. We also have a cardio barre class to take your barre training to the next level.

My doctor/chiropractor/PT/friend told me to try Pilates to help with back pain.

In most cases, yes. However, back pain can have numerous causes, some of them very serious and any exercise could worsen pain. We require you to let your teacher know what is going on with your body. Serious back pain issues is often best handled in private sessions, at least initially.

Our group classes are focused more on fitness than rehab. Our teachers will make sure you work the core and emphasize stabilizing through the pelvic and shoulder girdles, which can fix a lot of aches and pains. Most of our classes are appropriate for all fitness levels, and our teachers offer modifications to make exercises easier or more difficult. We ask you to take responsibility for your body and not work past the level where you need to be for your condition. All of our staff is traditionally and comprehensively trained as Pilates instructors. Many of us have pursued continuing education in different special populations and injuries

Is Pilates Weight Training? Is it better than weight training?

Pilates apparatus uses springs that provide resistance. Pilates is not pure weight training, it also offers flexibility. The springs offer what’s called progressive resistance. That means that the further you stretch them, the harder you’re working. Springs provide flowing, effective stretching simultaneous to strengthening. Plus, it’s easier to take springs safely through multiple planes of motion. Try it out – you’ll be surprised at the results you can get, and how quickly you can see results. If you compare the Pilates apparatus to weight machines, you’ll work harder on the apparatus since you have to stabilize your body, just like you would in everyday life. Weight machines do all of the stabilizing for you.

Wait-list Policy

People on the waitlist are moved into class as spaces open up. Up to the set lower limit of clients in a class (4 for reformer and group equipment, 8 for mat/barre) the system moves people in automatically. If there is room for more people (for example, when extra chairs or towers are available for a group class) we move people in by hand as soon as we notice an opening. When you are moved into class the system sends an automated message to the email you provided. If you opt out of receiving emails in Wellness Living, you will NOT receive these notices. Movement from waitlists is in chronological order based on how long you have been on the list. We assume that if you are on the list you still want to attend, so if your plans change, please remove yourself from the waitlist. Also, there is a possibility that you will be moved into a morning class after the last time you check your e-mail the day before. Should you be unable to make it to class under those circumstances, or if you know you need more than 6 hours notice to attend, please remove yourself from the waitlist the last time you check your e-mail to see if you got in, this includes the last time you check before bed, please.