What should I wear?
Wear comfortable workout clothes that you feel ok sweating in. Keeping your attire simple, at least at first, will help you figure out what works best for you. One exception however, is fitness attire that is too loose. Baggy is a problem in Pilates because it can be too revealing, and because an instructor must be able to see your alignment and form. If you are unsure about what to wear or about other standards at our studio, there is nothing wrong with calling us or visiting the studio to find out what other students wear. Soled footwear is not suitable for wear on the equipment although you can wear grip socks if it is more comfortable for you. We sell great grip socks. Bring a water bottle – we have water for you.
Will I lose weight?
You will be building and toning your muscles and that muscle will continue to burn calories, even after you have left class. Many of our classes inject some cardio into them to help get your heart rate up and whittle away pounds. Calories in, calories out – with proper diet and a good mix of classes, you can definitely lose weight.
Is Pilates for guys?
Absolutely! It was started by a fitness buff, Joseph Pilates, and it remains a great workout for men. Our classes don’t have complex choreography or dance moves – we keep it sporty and you’ll break a sweat.
What type of training do your instructors have?
Unlike some Pilates studios, all of our instructors are trained and certified by STOTT PILATES®* recognized organizations. They each come with their own styles and we love the variety.
What if I am new?
If you are brand new to Pilates, we require that you take advantage of our free 30 minute combined consultation & instruction which is coupled with a short Pilates session before jumping in to other classes. This session allows the instructor and you to identify and discuss specific health restraints that may exist and will enable you to additionally get a hang of our style and familiarize yourself with our equipment. We think a combination of a few Private sessions and a couple of basics is ideal and your practice will benefit in the long run. Even if you have tons of Mat classes under your belt, our free consultation and short Pilates session is a must.
What if I need to cancel a class?
Our cancellation policy is 12 hours in advance for classes and 24 hours in advance for Privates and Semi-Privates. If you don’t show up or cancel with adequate notice, you will be billed for the class. We know schedules can get crazy – try to remember to cancel the day ahead so you aren’t billed.
What if classes are full?
Definitely hop on the wait list for a class – we’ll notify you if a space opens up and you can decide then if you want to join us. If the wait list is full and you really want in the class, stop by and we’ll put you in if there is a last-minute no show. We do allow clients who are signed up to join 10 minutes late so you may be “bumped” if the signed-up client shows up (don’t worry you won’t pay for the few minutes you got to work out).
Do I have to get on my computer to sign up?
Booking and scheduling classes on line is certainly available by checking our class schedule here, or, you can get on the MindBody app on your smartphone and search for Poway Pilates then add us to favorites. You can purchase or book sessions here. We also love that you can add your scheduled instruction date and time directly to your calendar.
What if I haven’t worked out in a long time?
We offer modifications to many exercises and encourage you to move at your own pace. If you need to, take a little break during class, you will feel comfortable doing it.
Can I sign up for class if I have never done Pilates?
We ask you to take you take advantage of our free consultation and short Pilates session before signing up for any of the classes. If you have done Pilates mat classes before, then you are one step ahead, but you still need to gain experience using the equipment. We want our classes to be challenging for all levels, so we ask that people know the basics before jumping into classes.
What if the class time doesn’t work with my schedule?
Please send us a note, call us or stop by to suggest times that work best for your schedule and we’ll see if we can round up enough folks to add a class in. Feel free to also put your own group of frinds, family and coworkers together to
Will I get individual attention?
Yes, with up to 8 students in class, the instructors can suggest modifications specifically to you. If you’ve done Pilates mat, yoga or gym classes before, you’ll know that 8 students is an easily manageable number class size. But if you have special needs or injuries, then we suggest you take 1-on-1 (Private) sessions until you are comfortable modifying exercises on your own.
Is Pilates safe to do every day?
Working out 4 to 5 times a week is ideal. Come a few times a week and mix it up with a bike ride, swim or hike to keep your work outs interesting. Joseph Pilates said: “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” Of course, we would love to see you every day!
What if I have back issues?
Building your core can definitely help improve back issues. Many people find Pilates is an excellent choice for preventing or managing back issues. We’ll teach you how to fire up your core and gently use your back muscles. We recommend a few 1-on-1s with a trainer before jumping into classes if you have back problems. If you have major injuries 1-on-1’s are advised and your doctor’s approval to exercise is requested.
What if I am pregnant?
Pilates is a great way to stay connected to your changing body, keep you toned and prep you for delivery. After the first trimester, we recommend Pre-natal Pilates classes or 1:1 Training. Our trainers understand what exercises are safe to do how to modify exercises for each stage of pregnancy and post delivery but always ask your doctor if it is ok.
What if I am late to class?
For your own safety and as a courtesy to others, we do not allow people to join the class who are more than 10 minutes late. We know schedules can get harried, but please try to arrive to class on time.
Should I do anything special for my first class?
You should show up at least 10 minutes early. We’ll have you fill out a form and will show you around. And be prepared to have fun!
At what age can someone experience pilates?
Minors aged 10 and up are welcome to attend class with parent or guardian. Clients 16-17 years of age will require a New Client Waiver to be signed by their parent or guardian.
Can I bring my kids to the studio?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the space for child care. We love having little ones stop by to say “hi,” but we ask that children do not stay there. This is for their safety and to ensure safe, fun workouts for all by minimizing distraction for both trainers and clients.
What if my classes expire?
We give you lots of time to ‘use ‘em or lose ‘em’. Poway Pilates has a one to three month expiration depending on type of purchase. Please enquire with your instructor which expiration time line applies to your purchase.
What type of equipment do you use?
For the most part we use Pilates equipment by STOTT PILATES® including reformers, towers and springboards. We have selected the top-of-the-line models from STOTT PILATES® and think you will enjoy the equipment as much as we do. A small amount of equipment (MOTR’s) is from the Balanced Body brand
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Why Join Us?
- Honoring the Tradition and Art of Pilates
- Free 30 minute combined initial Consultation & Instruction
- Client Satisfaction with an Emphasis on Safety
- Convenient Location in Historic Old Poway Village
- Fully Equipped, Upscale and Peaceful Studio Environment