1. I have never done reformer Pilates before, can I still join?
Absolutely! (no pun intended). Our beginners classes are the perfect introduction to reformer pilates, where you will master all of the basics under the careful instruction of an expert trainer.
If you are unsure about joining a group class for the first time, then a great way to start your pilates journey can be with a one-to-one session with one of our friendly and knowledgeable instructors.
2. What do I wear and what should I bring to a class?
Anything that you're comfortable exercising in! Typically, women tend to find leggings (or shorts) and sports top suitable, and men the same.
We provide towels and there is storage for your personal items in the studio itself. We have a water dispenser with disposable cups, but you are of-course welcome to bring a water bottle as well as any other essential items you need.
3. I am new to your studio - how do I book a class?
First, you need to sign-up with a new Absolute Studios account through Mindbody, by clicking here. Then you will be able to purchase a class package from the 'Online Store' tab of the Absolute Studios MindBody portal. Once purchased, your account will be credited with class tokens, which you can then use to book classes online. If you're having problems with this, drop us an email and somebody will be in touch ASAP to help you.
4. How long is a reformer Pilates group class?
All of our classes (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are 55 minutes long.
5. Can pregnant women do reformer Pilates?
Yes, they can! If you're pregnant and looking to take part in a class, please get in touch first so one of our instructors can advise you on which class is most suitable for your stage of pregnancy.
6. My wife suggested that I should start doing Pilates - are there ever any men in the classes?
Yes, absolutely. Men are ever increasingly participating in reformer Pilates for the benefits of increased flexibility, strength and improved posture that our classes provide.
7. How many people are there in each class?
Our Parsons Green group reformer studio has space for 10. The Clapham studio has space for 7.
8. What is the minimum age requirement in order to participate in your classes?
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our classes.
9. I am currently recovering from an injury, will Pilates help?
Joseph Pilates, initially developed his exercise system (Pilates) to help World War 2 veterans with their physical rehabilitation following injury. So, in short - yes!
With many different supine, prone and side-lying methods of engaging your muscles, Pilates can be adapted to work around any injury to gradually rehabilitate the affected area back to its optimal function.
Pilates can also help to strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joints, making them more resilient and injury proof.
10. What is a Pilates reformer machine?
A Pilates reformer is a piece of apparatus that enables exercisers to engage their muscles in line with the natural movement patterns of the body.
The reformer makes this possible from a number of different positions and angles, making it suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
11. I am already in good shape, what can Pilates add to my fitness routine?
Pilates is an excellent way of improving strength and stability in all areas of your body, and is a staple in the routine of many professional athletes. It develops an acute awareness of motor control and coordination.
Emphasis is also based on co-ordinating your core abdominals with the larger muscle groups in the body, which is essential for excelling at any movement based endeavour.