Frequently Asked Questions

How is Pilates North programming different from other exercise programs?
We place great importance on creating more strength and mobility in your core – abdomen, lower back, inner/outer thighs and hips.   We focus not only on strengthening, but lengthening and toning your entire body at the same time without adding bulk to your muscles.  The key to our system is an increased awareness of eccentric contractions (what lengthens your muscles) and balancing postural muscle groups. Our direction is driven by our clients’ progression. It is not just about what we know, it’s about what we need to know to make you feel better, look better and perform better.

What can I expect during my very first class?
At Pilates North you can expect your first visit to the studio to be a friendly inviting experience.  You will be in a class with other people who are just starting with Pilates too, so you won’t have to “catch up” or “keep up” with others in your class.  You will all be at the same experience level.  Your first class will focus on the basic principles of Pilates and will incorporate some of the introductory exercises.  It is very much about learning in this early stage. Understanding proper body positioning, rhythm and the instructors cueing.  Usually you will start lying on your back and progress to your side or front, to seated and then to all fours.

How many classes a week should I do?
While Pilates is ideally done at least 2-3 times per week, many people feel the benefits from just 1 workout a week. We have clients that come 6 days a week and those who come every other week. While we would love to see you everyday, we leave the decision in your hands. Only you can decide what feels best for your body and what works best for your time.

How soon after I start Pilates will I see results and feel a difference?
Individual results will vary, but after one session, you will experience a heightened awareness of your body, particularly your posture. With consistent practice you will gain increased strength in your core, a leaner more defined body and be well on your way to achieving true mental and physical fitness wellness.

Do you offer Drop in Classes?
Pilates North only offers registered classes.  Our system is progressive.  This is what makes us DIFFERENT then gyms or class-card based studios.    We work in small groups with a focus on moving forward in the exercise. This means that the next class builds on what you learned in the previous class. We work with people who are willing to make a commitment to improving their bodies and health.   Those who are serious about Pilates and seeing the effects of the exercise understand that progressive classes are best way to see results.

I have done Pilates before. Do I have to take an Introductory class?
If you wish to take a more advanced class and you are new to the studio, you must book an assessment appointment with one of our trainers.  During this hour-long session the trainer will take you through an intermediate workout.  From here they will be able to assess your ability as it relates to our ongoing classes.  50% of the cost for the assessment will be credited toward whichever class suits your fitness/experience level.

Do men participate in Pilates?
Yes!!! This is a very frequently asked questions. A man, Joseph Pilates designed the original Pilates method. We currently train NHL players, golfers, business professionals and everyday guys trying to improve their fitness level.

Will we be using the equipment?
Introductory classes focus mainly on mat.  Once the basic principles are understood and clients are performing exercises correctly, personal apparatus will be included in your workout to help with stability exercises or to challenge balance and strengthEquipment with spring resistance such as the Chairs or Reformers are available to intermediate level clients. Equipment classes are always offered in combination with Pilates Mat. If you are looking to quick start your Pilates and get a feel of the reformer before reaching intermediate level classes you can sign up for one of our Mat/Reformer Introductory classes

Can you recommend a studio in my area?
Sure, we would be happy to.  We have been in the business for 15 years, and are often referred to by smaller local studios.  There are some great instructors and studios out there.  Unfortunately there are some “not so great” ones too.  If you are worried about where to go, we can help you through the process, find out what it is you are looking for or need and direct you to a trainer or facility that meets our approval. Just give us a call or shoot us an email.

My question wasn’t answered?
Please feel free to ask us anything.  We are happy to answer your questions.
Call 905-882-1442 or email info@pilatesnorth.com