WHAT DO I WEAR?
Comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement. Pilates is usually performed in bare feet or grippy socks.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
No, everything you need is provided in the class. However, if you prefer not to use shared equipment you may prefer to purchase your own mat, it will also come in handy for use at home. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water with you, especially in the summer months.
ARE THERE CHANGING ROOMS AND FACILITIES?
There is a restroom at the studio with space to get changed should you need it.
IS THE STUDIO EASY TO FIND?
You can find the full address and Google map pin here feel free to call me for directions if need be. Once you have found the address, my beautiful studio is located on the very top floor of the building, I promise all the steps are worth it for the view! As we are located in Barnstaple town centre there are plenty of car parks within a 2-minute walk of the studio. Contact us here.
Online classes have become increasingly popular for reasons we all know. I am always adding more classes to my timetable so please get in touch to find out more and to book a free taster session.
IS PILATES GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will aid in weight loss and change your body shape. Known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner look, Pilates improves your muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture and makes you feel great! It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have. The more energised you are, the more you’ll feel like doing your exercise routines, which then promotes restful night sleep – a great cycle to be in.
DO MEN ATTEND PILATES WITH YOU?
Yes, many men, of all ages and with all levels of fitness, just like women. Men are in the minority most of the time but they don’t care at all, they enjoy the benefits and often continue for years.
WHO CAN PRACTICE PILATES?
Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete, or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building strength at your core, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all.
I AM PREGNANT / POSTNATAL – CAN I DO PILATES?
PREGNANCY: A suitably tailored pilates routine is a great way to keep exercising through pregnancy as is controlled and low impact. It will keep your pelvic floor and core muscles working well. I am happy to offer private one-on-one sessions where I can be sure that only safe and effective exercises are performed. I ask that you must have reached the third trimester and have checked with your GP.
POST NATAL: For new mothers, Pilates will help muscles back into place, aiding the body to regain its shape and tone. Everybody has a different recovery time and when they feel ready to return to exercise after giving birth, I always recommend 1 one-on-one session before integrating back into a group class but that is up to the individual. I ask that you inform/check with your GP first.