How do I start?
We recommend starting with a consultation so we can assess your movement and where your body is in terms of strength, mobility, and balance. From here, we can suggest the best course of action for YOU. We always strongly recommend having a few one-on-one private sessions to become acquainted with both the equipment and the way in which we will ask you to move.
If you have not tried Authentic Pilates before we have an amazing introductory package available for new clients. Our Starter Package includes two private sessions, one mat class, one apparatus class, and one reformer class.
Joseph Pilates’ Method is founded on uniform movement and a balanced body. Pilates exercises teach you to move with precision, control, and coordination – all of which utilise the muscles of your core to accomplish. Pilates mat and apparatus exercises strengthen not just the outer muscles of the midsection, but also the deep, inner stabilizing muscles of the pelvis, abdomen, and back—known collectively as the core.
Pilates is suitable for everyone. You will experience increased connection to and control over your entire body. You will feel a greater sense of stability and mobility. If you feel tightness or fatigue, Pilates will stretch and strengthen those muscles.
We have clients aged 12 to 90. Pilates is low-impact, but the versatility of the method means you can do it on a restorative level, or build stamina and muscle to keep your body feeling strong.
Please wear clothes that are close-fitting and easy to move in. It is also important that your pants and shirts have no zippers or buttons on them as this can damage the upholstery on the equipment. Please leave your rings and jewellery at home.
You only need to bring yourself and some water! We supply all of the equipment and anything else necessary.
On our website, click on the ‘Schedule‘ button. This will bring you to our online schedule. If you are new, click the ‘Sign Up’ button and follow the instructions. If you already have a profile, click the ‘Login’ button. Enter your email and password. If you forget your password, you may request a new one. Once signed in you can register and pay for group classes. Private lessons have to be booked via the studio. You can call or email us during studio hours.
We offer a range of different types of classes: primarily equipment (Cadillac, Barrels, and Reformer) and Mat classes.
In a Cadillac class you will work on the Pilates Cadillac and Wall Unit. Using a variety of spring tensions with your arms or legs you learn how to use both the resistance and support to increase your strength.
In a Barrels class you will use the Low Barrel and/or Spine Corrector to do a variety of exercises which will work on your balance, control, and most in particular the mobility and stability of your rib cage/shoulders, and pelvis. This class will leave you feeling a solid workout and stretching out.
Reformer classes are done on the Universal Reformer. The Reformer is one of the best known and most used pieces of Pilates Apparatus. The spring system, foot bar, and straps provide feedback to the body and additional challenges. We take you through the repertoire appropriate to the level of class, and build on your strengths and challenges from other areas to give your body a feeling of strength and accomplishment.
Mat work is a great choice for everyone from Pilates beginners to advanced students because the exercises not only can build in difficulty, but every exercise can be modified to decrease or increase the level of challenge. Besides a magic circle and arm weights, no equipment is used in a mat class; you will use your own body weight to move through the exercises. These are also exercises that are accessible to do at home and will likely be given to you by your teacher for homework.
If you are a Beginner, or new to Pilates, it is always best to book private lessons to become properly acquainted with the equipment in the studio.
We are always happy to discuss which group classes are right for you depending on your individual capabilities.
Yes. Most of our classes are appropriate for seniors. We have many clients who are 60 and older. We are always happy to chat if you have any further questions.
We are located at 827 Bedford Highway, suite 101A in Bedford. This is the Avella Building.
We have two parking spaces near the entrance on the right hand side of the driveway, these are signed specifically for us. There is also underground parking on site. Drive into the underground parking garage and go all the way to the back to the lower level. Please park in a designated space; parking spots for the studio are marked.
All of our prices can be found on our website. Click the ‘Pricing’ button on the top right-hand side of the menu bar. Here you will find our drop-in prices as well as package and membership prices.
We get many clients who have been referred by health professionals for a variety of issues. If you have been referred by a health professional you must first complete a private consultation and movement assessment. Your teacher will discuss with you the options available to help you reach your goals at the end of the meeting. Consultations are $50.00 plus tax.
In short, YES. Pilates is a full-body workout in its own right, but it also perfectly complements every workout regime and sport. Cross-training with Pilates has many benefits, and we encourage clients to add strength training to their workouts! Pilates exercises are oriented toward functional fitness and strength. This means Pilates teaches you to move better, in a way that enhances performance and reduces the risk of injury in other activities—both when exercising and when performing everyday tasks.
Pilates is safe enough to do every day. We recommend a minimum of three times per week, especially if Pilates will be your only weekly fitness time. so you get a rhythm and become consistent; then a good goal is to do it every other day. It depends on your personal goals and your schedule, but Joseph Pilates used to say to move three times a week.
Feeling sore is a very individual thing. Pilates (like all workouts) is what you put into it. If you’re really conscious and making an effort to make every movement count, you’ll most likely feel something the following day. It also depends on how active you are overall. If you’ve been sedentary, you’re probably going to feel it more than someone who moves often. Remember that being sore is not an indication of a ‘good’ workout, or a workout that is ‘working’.