What do I need to bring? Mats are available at class however if you enjoy your Pilates classes and would like to attend regularly and practise at home I strongly recommend buying your own good, quality Pilates mat. I can advise on mats or if a few of you want them I can purchase for you so as to save on postage and packaging. It is important to get a good, thick mat to support the back.

Will a yoga mat do? No, yoga mats are very thin and won't offer the cushioning needed for rolling exercises.

What do I wear? It's important for the instructor to be able to see participant's bodies and alignments so please don't wear oversized baggy clothes. However you don't have to come in leotards either - joggers / leggings and t-shirt fitted top will be fine. Please also wear socks. Make sure your clothes allow for movement.

I can't commit to weekly classes - can I drop in? If you have attended at least one block of Pilates you can attend a drop in class for £7 if there are spaces on that class.

How much do I need to do? To see and feel maximum effects you really need to practise more than once a week. Ideally participants would do a little bit at home regularly. Your classes will encourage home practise - even just one or 2 exercises in the evening - to really get the best results. If you can attend 2 classes a week you will really notice a change in your body more quickly. Pilates should be practised alongside other exercises - it's a great partner for more cardio vascular exercises, for getting out and about - walking, swimming - and is a great partner for dance forms and aerobic style classes such as Zumba. You will feel the benefits of Pilates in other sports, as it improves your perfomance and your ability to get the most from other exercise forms.

Will your body change? Yes - if you do regular Pilates over a period of time your posture and body are sure to change. I've personally noticed a huge difference in my body since starting Pilates. You do need to practise more than once a week - and it should be combined with some other exercise and a healthy diet.

"I just don't get it - I don't think Pilates is working for me - I don't feel like I'm doing it right" These are some of the comments I get from begginers. It's natural when trying something new to be unsure - but be patient with yourself. Don't expect to be able to understand and do all the exercises straight away. Pilates uses the same movements each week so although the first week might feel like you've got loads to think about and you might not be sure you're getting it all, be patient as your body will start remembering enabling you to work harder and get more out of the exercises. If you're not sure, stick at it as it takes time. It won't happen overnight... but it will happen.

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