FAQs

We’re currently running online Pilates classes and online private Pilates sessions. We’ll return to our Pilates classes in Reading as soon as it’s safe to do so.

I have never done Pilates before, which class should I start with?

If you’ve never done Pilates before, a private Pilates session is a great way to start your journey as it’ll fast-track your initial progress. We’ll spend time getting to know you, finding out how your body works and where you’re hoping to improve.

Alternatively, beginners are always welcome at any of our Pilates classes!

What should I wear for my Pilates class?

You should wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. We recommend wearing grip socks as these will allow you to perform the exercises better and prevent accidents.

What facilities are at your venue?

Woodford Park Leisure Centre has plenty of free parking, changing rooms and toilets.

Can I start your Pilates classes in the middle of a block?

Unfortunately this isn’t possible, but you can reserve your space on the next block. Each block introduces a new sequence of exercises. The challenge gradually builds over the five weeks enabling you to progress at your own pace as you become more familiar with the sequence.

Does the next block of Pilates classes follow immediately after the previous block?

Blocks run back-to-back throughout most of the year. Once a term we run a catch-up Pilates session so that if you missed a session due to a holiday or illness you can make it up.

Different blocks focus on different sequences of exercises, with the aim of targeting different parts of the body. Not only does this help create balance in the body, but you are also unlikely to get bored!

I have an injury (or I’m recovering from one), can I still attend your Pilates classes?

It depends on what the injury is and when it happened, but it’s quite possible that Pilates will be highly beneficial to help you recover from your injury!

Pilates is a low-impact method of building strength and can be tailored to specific parts of the body. Exercises can be targeted to either help with rehabilitation or to maintain mobility and strength away from the injured site (or both of course!).

Whilst our group Pilates classes can often accommodate people with minor injuries, depending on your injury and your goals at this time, our private Pilates sessions may be more suitable. They will allow us to tailor the movements so that we can target the exact areas needed to help you strengthen and recover. More serious injuries may need your doctor/surgeon to give you the all clear to exercise before you begin.

If I’m unable to attend a session can I use this on the next block?

Once a term we run a catch-up Pilates session so that if you missed a session due to a holiday or illness you can attend the catch-up session for free.

Do I need to bring my own mat to your Pilates class?

For online Pilates classes, you’ll find it more comfortable if you have a mat that you can use. For group Pilates classes or private Pilates sessions, since Covid, we ask that you bring your own mat and pillow (or hand-towel). This helps us maintain a safe and hygienic environment.

How often should I attend Pilates classes?

Our Pilates classes are held weekly on a Monday evening. However, all the exercises that we teach can easily be practised during the week at your home.

We recommend practising Pilates as often as your time allows. Daily would be hugely beneficial, but 2-3 times a week would certainly be enough to experience some positive changes to your life and body.

Do you pay for a block in full or do you offer a ‘pay as you go’ option?

Blocks are payable in full ahead of the 1st Pilates session in order to reserve your space. Numbers are limited so pay-as-you-go options are not available.

What is your cancellation policy?

Blocks are payable in full ahead of the 1st Pilates session. If you miss a session you can attend the termly catch-up session for free. Unfortunately refunds are not available as you are taking a slot for the whole block, which prevents anyone else from using that slot.

How should I pay for my Pilates classes?

Payment can be made by online bank transfer, cash or cheques. Full payment details will be emailed to you after booking.