WHAT IS PILATES?
"Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds". (pilatesmethodalliance.org)
CAN I DO EVERYDAY?
Pilates is a form of moderate strength training and challenging Pilates workout will breakdown muscle, thereby promoting the build up of stronger muscles. However, a big difference between Pilates and regular strength training is that in Pilates we are also working toward body/mind integration and educating the body to move more efficiently. To this end, Pilates workouts will emphasize things like awareness, functional alignment, breath and co-ordination. This multidimensional approach gives us the opportunity to shift the focus of our workouts, making it possible to do a safe and interesting workout everyday. FIND YOUR RHYTHM.
WHAT IS TRX?
"The TRX Suspension Trainer is the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance". (trxtraining.com)
THIS WILL BE MY FIRST TIME TO TAKE A CLASS AT DAILY BREATH PILATES, SHOULD I DO A PRIVATE SESSION FIRST?
Unlike traditional pilates, our workout does not require you to start with private sessions due to the fact that the classes are designed to work in a group setting. Because clients have their own machine, you can modify each exercise to suit your current fitness level. Most new clients do fine stepping into our group classes. However, if you have chronic back pain, painful joints or a severe medical condition, it is recommended to take a private session first to assess your fitness level. If you are concerned, just let us know and we will take care of you.
Most classes are 40-50 minutes in length. If it’s your first time, arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of class so that the instructor can give you an intro to the machine. The workout is done wearing grippy studio socks. I’d also recommend wearing leggings or at least longer shorts.
It takes a couple classes to get totally comfortable with the machine, so don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re fumbling through transitions your first couple classes. The instructor will explain all the exercises, but I think it’s helpful to also pick a machine in the middle of the room for your first class. This way you can easily look around at the other students if you’re not sure which strap/handle bar/foot position/etc. you’re supposed to be using.
His is a low impact workout and easy on the joints, but don’t be fooled—it’s INTENSE. During class, it’s normal for the muscle group you’re working to shake—in fact, that’s good! Trust me, as you continue to advance in this workout, you will live for that shake (as twisted as that sounds). The more advanced you become, the less frequently you’ll get “the shakes,” but even after the countless classes I have under my belt, certain exercise combos will come up and BOOM—shaking like a leaf.
HOW YOU FEEL AFTER A CLASS?
Amazing. You’ll probably be sore the next day or two—more so if you’re not used to workouts emphasizing slow-twitch muscle fibers like this. At first, you may only want to come once or twice a week (depending on your fitness level), and from there, just listen to your body. I’d say most people come two-three times a week, but there are also those who prefer to come almost every day. Just make sure to give your body the rest it needs.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A SESSION?
We have an easy to use and extremely secure software system to assist you in reserving a session. We recommend all of our members get familiar with our automated online booking system here on www.dailybreathpilates.com. It is the easiest, fastest, and most accurate way to book classes. Simply create a user name and password, and use it to schedule, purchase and track your visit history. If you forget your password or need more information, please send us an email.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS?
Due to the limited number of spaces available in each session, all group classes require an 12-hour cancellation notice and all private sessions require a 24-hour cancellation notice. Unlimited memberships will be charge $10 for a late cancel and $20 for a no show if a class is not cancelled in advance of the noted cancellation period. Group packages and monthly packages will forfeit their class if a class is not cancelled in advance of the noted cancellation period.
WILL MY SPOT BE GIVEN AWAY IF I AM LATE TO CLASS?
Yes. It is very important to arrive on time as a respect to the studio and other clients. Many times, clients will drop in to see if someone doesn’t show allowing them a space in the class. If you do not arrive within 10 minutes of the scheduled class time, your space may be given to someone who is waiting. Be sure to sign in to class so we know you were present!