Pilates & New Client FAQs – Joy of Pilates
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Pilates & New Client FAQs

Who was Joseph Pilates?

What is Pilates?

How often should I do Pilates?

How do I make Pilates a habit?

Can men do Pilates?

What classes do you offer?

What do I need to do to take a class?

Can I get private training?

Can a friend and I get personal training together?

Can I try taking classes or getting private instruction before I buy a membership?

Do you offer special rates for students?

Can I register for classes or training sessions online?

Do I NEED to take a private lesson?


Who was Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was a physical trainer who invented the Pilates exercise system. We think the video below, produced with funding from Taube Pilates of Australia, tells his story well.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of body conditioning that develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.

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How often should I do Pilates?

That depends on what kind of results you want. You can reduce back pain with one session. You can relieve stress at the end of a long week with one session. But if you want to get a six pack, run a marathon without injury, get back into pre-baby shape, or simply tone up… make the commitment to Pilates 2-3 times a week.
One of Joseph Pilates’ most famous quotes is …. “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20 sessions you will see the difference. And in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.” He says in his book, Return to Life Through Contrology (which is a quick and entertaining read since it was originally published in 1945 and gives you a peek into the mind of this genius!):

“If you will faithfully perform your Contrology exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement.” Ideal body… mental vigor …. spiritual enhancement! Who wouldn’t want all that with just 4x a week?!

Address your Goals

Consider what kind of results you want from Pilates. Even once a week Pilates can:

  • rehab injuries
  • retrain muscular imbalances
  • improve sports performance
  • improve posture
  • increase muscle flexibility
  • increase joint range of motion (ROM)
  • increase body awareness
  • reduce stress
  • build muscle tone

Be wary, however, of claims that Pilates is great for burning fat. If you expect a 1x week Pilates session to get you thin… you may be disappointed. But adding Pilates to a fat-burning regimen of cardio and healthy eating can keep you injury free while helping to sculpt and tone. Or, look for a Pilates fusion class that combines Pilates-based moves with fat-burning cardio.

How do I make Pilates a habit?

Ideally, Pilates is something you do 24/7. Joseph Pilates was all about the mind body connection. Ask google how long it takes to create a habit and you will get an answer around 21-28 days. (Though there seems to be little scientific proof!) Focusing on Pilates concepts everyday can help change old postural habits (e.g., slumping in our seats, rolling our shoulders forward, standing in one hip) The more you do it… the more natural positive postural habits become.

My favorite client feedback is when I hear, “I stood all day and had no pain.” “What normally would have been an unbearable plane ride was just fine.” “I found myself sitting taller.” “I noticed I was in neutral spine.“

Pilates builds a body awareness that translates into everything you do. So my response to the question “How often should I do Pilates?” is this:

Once a week is great … 2 times a week is better … and 3 times a week is amazing! And remember, Pilates doesn’t have to be your only exercise. Commit to movement everyday! Pilates just happens to be a very fun and effective way to do it!

To help you, Joy of Pilates has a variety of private, small group, and classes to make Pilates part of your life everyday! Check our schedule for a a class that fits your lifestyle!

Ask yourself … Are you a Sarah or a Martha?

Can men do Pilates?

To answer your question, please visit Buzzfeed’s article: “29 Pictures That Prove Pilates Isn’t For Men”

Have a question this page didn’t answer? Email us at info@joyofpilates.net.

What classes do you offer?

Joy of Pilates offers a variety of classes for all fitness levels. Our small class sizes allow the instructors to focus on your personal needs and goals. Visit our Mat class descriptions and Reformer/TRX class descriptions to see the wide range of classes offered at Joy!

Our Pilates classes fall into the categories of Mat group classes or Reformer and TRX series. See the calendars on those pages to find out what classes are currently being offered.

What do I need to do to take a class?

Before you attend any classes at the studio, you must complete our new client packet, which contains our studio policies, waiver of liability, fitness history and health history. The forms can be downloaded in PDF format or you may pick up copies at the studio.

Also, if you are new to Pilates, you must take one session of private instruction before you can attend any of our group classes.

Can I get private training?

Yes. Private training is ideal if you are new to Pilates, are recovering from an injury, or have specific fitness goals. Our trainers look at posture, body composition, lifestyle and general movement habits to build a custom session for optimum results. Private sessions are made by appointment only with your desired trainer.

Can a friend and I get personal training together?

Yes. We call two-person training sessions “Duets.” They are a great way to stay committed to a regular workout schedule, because your friend will be counting on you. Duets work best when you and your partner can commit to the same schedule every week and have similar physical abilities and goals. If you are new to Pilates, we recommend attending a couple of private Pilates sessions before you team up for Duet sessions.

Can I try taking classes or getting private instruction before I buy a membership?

Of course. Feel free to enroll in our Mat classes, Reformer/TRX series classes, or private instruction sessions. See our Studio Prices page for our current rates.

Do you offer special rates for students?

Yes. By showing us your college student ID, you can take one Mat class for $11. Teens are $8.

Can I register for classes or training sessions online?

Yes. We use an online registration and scheduling system called MindBody Connect. Start using it by setting up an online account. You can also use the MindBody Express app to schedule your next visit using your Android or iPhone.

Do I NEED to take a private lesson?

YES. To ensure understanding of Pilates Method, the equipment and to be placed in the proper level of class in order for you to achieve your fitness goals.


Have a question this page didn’t answer? Email us at info@joyofpilates.net.