It’s my first visit? What should I expect?
If it’s your first time in to the studio we will ask you to fill out a new client form, so please arrive a few minutes early to complete this.
We require grip socks during your session, so be prepared to either bring your own or purchase them in the studio. Wear clothes that you can move in, whatever you feel comfortable in. The more form-fitting, the easier it is for your instructor to see what your body is doing, but ultimately it is up to you for comfort – there’s no uniform here!
We have cubbies for you to stash your personal belongings in and we will ask you to leave your phone in there and take some time for yourself!
You will be introduced to the apparatus and how it works, and then you will be taken through a workout that is challenging, yet achievable to you!
We recommend bringing a water bottle and if you tend to sweat, your own towel. We have a water cooler at the studio where you can refill your water, but we do try to cut down on waste and don’t provide single-use cups.
Should I start with Private Sessions or Group Classes?
We recommend anyone who’s brand new to Pilates begin with a Private Session – but we do understand that this might be a bit cost-restrictive to some clients. If you have injuries or have never done Pilates or group fitness before, feel uncomfortable in a group setting, or just want that special 1:1 attention, we recommend privates. If you are new to Pilates but have body awareness and can listen to instruction in a group setting, with no major injuries – you might be ready to hop into a class! And the good news is that you can always start with one and still do the other!
What class should I take on my first visit?
We recommend starting with either the Classical Pilates or Contemporary Pilates Beginner/Intermediate classes if it’s your first time doing Pilates. Both classes will give you a good introduction to the Reformer. Classical will be a bit slower with heavier springs and fewer reps, with a focus on precision and proper form. Contemporary will have higher reps on lighter springs and may incorporate some familiar exercises from other types of fitness, incorporated with our Pilates building blocks.
:: Deciding which class for you is a matter of preference. We recommend trying them all and seeing what works for you. Classical Pilates is great for getting the form and precision in, it’s great for all clients, but especially anyone with injuries, anyone who’s using Pilates for Physical Therapy reasons, etc. Contemporary Pilates is great for folks who want to feel that burn, get their body sweating, that just don’t have the patience for a slow burn.
:: Bottom line: It’s all good for you, come in and see what you like the most!
What are your cancellation, no show, and refund policies?
You can find our Studio Polices here.
What are the different apparatuses?
At Pilates Punx, we have Reformers, Wunda Chairs, Mat, Cadillac, Pedi-pull, Large Barrel, and a number of small apparatus including Jumpboard and Spine Corrector.
The Reformers are a moving apparatus that uses spring tension and it glides as the carriage bed moves. It is your job to control the carriage. We will use the Reformer in group classes.
The Wunda Chairs have a pedal that also uses spring tension – you’re using a lot more control finding your place in space with the Wunda Chair. We also use the Wunda Chair in group classes.
The Cadillac is our largest apparatus and can be used from beginning exercises for a nice stretchy workout to advanced exercises that get acrobatic! The separate springs require unilateral movement and can challenge you to find balance between your left and right side. Cadillac is used only during Private Sessions
Mat Pilates – while not requiring springs, can require the most control within your body and can be quite challenging!
What happens if I join the Waitlist?
We are busy at the studio and you might find that classes are Waitlist-only. Our clients are eager to plan their schedules in advance, but often cancel as it gets closer to the class so we advise you to get on that waitlist! You only use your class credit if you get IN to the class roster and you always have the choice of declining the spot if you no longer want it. If a spot does open up you will receive an email and a text alerting you to the opening. You then have to accept or decline the spot – you have a 4 hour window to do so. If you don’t respond within the window the spot will go on to the next person on the list.
** We ask that you decline the spot if you no longer want it so that someone else can get notified ** Alerts must be turned on in order to receive the waitlist notifications.