FAQ

 If you have a Pilates question please take a look down the page. If your question is not included please do not hesitate to  contact Ilana.
 

How do I book in for a Pilates Class?
Visit the Book Class and Contact page on this site or email Ilana direct on ilanagarman007@gmail.com or on 01727 831451. You do need to purchase a class bundle before you can book.

How much does each class cost?
Each class costs £10, you pre-pay £40 for a 4 class bundle. (Classes to be used within 6 weeks. Booking terms apply).

What's the best way of paying, if I want to come regularly and pay less?
You can pre-pay for 12 classes at £103. (Classes to be used within 18 weeks. Booking  terms apply). Second classes in each week are cheaper and third classes are free (if there are spaces).

Can I come to just one taster class?
I am so sorry but I don’t offer taster sessions. Pilates takes about 3 to 4 classes for you to get a basic understanding of some of the exercises, the breathing and for me to understand how your body works. For new attendees, I suggest you chose the smallest bundle of classes, which is 4 lessons.

I’m a beginner
Please mention this when you book in. There is no need for a private lesson unless it's something you prefer or you have specific needs.

Can I come to classes over the holidays?
Yes, regular commitment to exercise is so important for your body. Little and often works! Pilates in St Albans operates classes nearly all year, not just term by term.

What do I bring to a class?
Please bring your own mat or you can borrow a mat for a £1. Please bring a bottle of water to drink before and after the class. Wear comfortable clothing, for example track suit bottoms or leggings with a t-shirt. Please wear socks or you can work in bare feet.

Can Young Adults Attend?
Yes, you need to come with an adult and be between 15 and 17. 

Where can I find directions to the classes?
Please visit the Class Directions section.

Who can come to a Hard Core Pilates class?
You need to be injury-free and have a good working knowledge of how to do Pilates.

How often should I do Pilates?
You can do Pilates daily but start with one class a week and then build up to two classes a week. The benefits will start beginning to show as you get stronger in class and even during your normal day-to-day activities.

How much exercise should I do each week?
According to Government statistics, only 37 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women take enough exercise to get any benefit. To avoid obesity, heart disease and other life-limiting conditions, the chief medical officer recommends that adults should do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity, five days a week.

I am pregnant can I exercise?
Exercise during pregnancy can be excellent for posture, and strengthening your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. Please make sure your medical professionals are happy for you to exercise.

I have just had a baby, can I do Pilates?
Yes you can exercise 6 weeks after birth and 12 weeks after a Caesarian. Please also check with your medical professionals.

Do you offer private lessons, corporate or club lessons?
Yes. Please talk to me about your specific requirements.I teach at companies, schools and local football teams.

I have had a previous injury or medical condition can I do Pilates?
Pilates is recommended for rehab and can be very useful for sports injuries. Please discuss this with me before you start and check with your medical professionals that they are happy for you to exercise.

When should I eat?
Try to avoid a big meal for 1.5 hrs to 2 hours before the class.

Why is Pilates so popular?
Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors suggest it as it a low impact form of exercise and people appreciate for themselves the benefits.

Can men do Pilates?
Yes, Pilates is not just for women and its benefits are certainly not gender biased. Pilates was developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, who was a gymnast, diver and a boxer and in his eighties was still strong and fit. Athletes from rugby to cricket integrate Pilates into their cross training programmes, independent of gender.       

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