Q: What do I need to bring to a Pilates class?
A: Comfortable but relatively tight-fitting clothing is great – yoga clothes are okay but make sure they aren’t too loose or thin. Bring warm socks, if you easily get cold feet – rubberised ones would be great, so you don’t slide off your mat. A small towel and your own mat are also essential – special mats are available for casual hire at a small fee. Please pre-book mats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where can I find Pilates clothes?
A: I love Abi & Joseph, clothes specifically designed for Pilates. The tops and pants are longer and more comfortable than traditional yoga gear (they’ve even got pants specifically for tall people). The fabrics are comfortable yet functional (including merino wraps). There’s not a logo in sight and I often wear the clothes all day or pair the tops with some jeans. Lululemon also does a great range of yoga and running clothes some of which are great for Pilates. I really love their fresh colours and super comfy hoodies.
Q: Why are Pilates mats thicker? Can’t I just use yoga mats?
A: Pilates mats are slightly thicker than yoga mats as we do a lot of rolling and side lying etc. The really nice ones are about 8mm thick. Yoga mats are fine, if you use two. Email me at email@example.com to buy your own mat at a discount price, if you’re going to come regularly.
Q: I’m new to Pilates and don’t want to go to a group class until I’ve built up my stamina or coordination. What can I do?
A: I get this one a lot! The best thing to do is to buy some Pilates DVDs on Ebay or Amazon and practise at home. Find your feet and then go to a beginners class or ask some friends who are also new to Pilates to get together for a small private group class. You could also join a Pilates course that will slowly progress you at your own pace. Check out my timetable or contact me for more info.