Pilates FAQ’s

How do I know which class to join?

If you are new to pilates, it is recommended to do a mat induction class before a block of mat classes. Currently most mat classes are suitable for beginner to intermediate level, except our Monday evening class which is advanced, and Wednesday evening which is intermediate.

How do I book into an induction or class?

Please contact Nicola on 07958 553 037, or email: hamiltonpilatesstudio@outlook.com

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing such as leggings/joggers, a t-shirt/sweatshirt, and socks.

What should I bring?

A mat, preferably more padded than a yoga mat.

A small cushion or folded towel

A pilates circle

A yoga brick

(Optional – a 90cm foam roller, a soft ball)

What happens if I have to miss my regular class?

We offer a make up system through our Class Swap software, so class swaps can be done online at any time of day.

If you wish to cancel a class you know you will miss, this can be posted up to 4 hours before a class. A make-up class can be taken up to 4 hours before the class if space is available.

Any class credits must be used within the same block of classes.

How many people in a class?

We are now up to a maximum of 14 people per class, although some classes will have less.

Do men do pilates?

Yes, absolutely! Weak core/back muscles, lack of flexibility and poor posture affects both men and women. By practising pilates, you are restoring balance within the body which can help to improve athletic ability, develop stamina and rehabilitate injuries. Many top level athletes are incorporating Pilates into their training routines and are seeing great results.

Can I do pilates during pregnancy?

Pilates is beneficial throughout pregnancy, however it is recommended to attend a specialised natal class or 1-to-1 sessions.

What is the difference between pilates and yoga?

Both mat pilates and yoga are mind-body exercise methods which are done on a mat and focus on strengthening and toning the body.

Yoga provides a meditative environment for you to improve your overall quality of life. Yoga poses are held to allow release and tune inwards. It focuses on stress relief while improving strength and flexibility.

Pilates has no spiritual or meditative background. It works from the center of your body outward, and focuses on achieving core stability, balance, posture and muscle strength through precise whole body movements. Pilates is a movement practice that develops fluidity and ease in the body.

Yoga and Pilates each have their merits. Combine pilates with yoga for an amazing way to transform your body and mind!