Frequently Asked Questions
Here at Love for Pilates we want to provide as much information as possible for you to gain the best work-out possible.
If you do not find your question answered here please feel free to contact us!
What is a reformer?
A reformer is a Pilates apparatus that was designed by Joseph Pilates and is an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. There are many different types of reformers.
At Love for Pilates we showcase Balanced Body equipment and use a more fitness based reformer called the Allegro (pictured) and the Allegro 2 and all of our classes are performed on the reformer.
The height of the foot-bar is adjustable as well as the distance. There will be three notches on the side of the frame that will allow you to adjust the height of the foot-bar. Your instructor will help you figure out which placement is best for you. The springs provide resistance from the machine. The rest of the resistance is provided by your own body weight. The springs hook on the spring bar, and different springs can be unhooked to increase or decrease the resistance. The springs are color coded and on our machines, yellow is the lightest spring, then blue, then red being the heaviest. Many levels of resistance are achieved through varying combinations of the springs.
The carriage is the part you put your body on and moves by pushing against the foot bar, or by pulling the straps or ropes at the other end of the reformer. The carriage glides back and forth along the inside of the frame, responding to the effort you exert and the amount of resistance set up by the springs. Reformer exercises can be done lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing on the carriage.
Your instructor will tell you exact set up instructions for each individual exercise and which springs to use. It is advised to take a Reformer Level 1 class if you are new to Pilates or the reformer.
What is a group reformer class?
At Love for Pilates we offer affordable group reformer classes allowing everyone access to enjoy the wonderful workout that is Pilates. We have 11 reformers so we are able to accommodate 10 people per class. All classes start on the hour and will be 50 minutes long. You will have a certified Pilates instructor guiding you through your 50 minute workout explaining every exercise and how it needs to be executed. They will constantly remind you of your form and offer corrections when needed. Pilates socks are required for class. Please bring a pair or we have some at the studio for purchase.
Who can participate in Pilates?
Pilates is appropriate for people of any age or fitness level. Pilates' unique approach to fitness allows any level, from a beginner to an athlete, to set their goals and work on their individual needs. If you are pregnant please call the studio to inquire. We require prior pilates experience and a physician's note on file and recommend private sessions after your first trimester. For our group reformer classes we ask that children be at least 16 years of age and anyone under the age of 18 will need their parent or guardian's consent.
How do I sign up?
You will create an on-line profile here: Love for Pilates On-Line Scheduler
Once you have an on-line profile you can purchase classes whether it be a single class or a class package. From there you can sign up, schedule your classes and you will be check-in upon arrival at the studio. If you have purchased a promotion outside of our studio please follow the directions below:
- Go to www.loveforpilates.com and click classes or sign up now
- Register a profile as you are new to our site (or log in if you have already created a profile)
- Enter your Credit Card payment details, please don't panic, it is standard for clients to keep a valid payment method on file and you are not being charged anything at this point.
- Go to the on-line store tab at the top right of the screen.
- Select either "Classes Hollywood" to work out at our Hollywood location or "Classes Santa Monica" to work out at our santa Monica studio (your promotion will specify which studio you purchased classes for.
- Select the 3 or 5 package of reformer classes (the amount of classes you purchased through your promotion) and add that to your shopping basket.
- Once the class package is in the basket, enter your promotion code (that is all capital letters) into the promotions box (which will be on the left side of the screen) and click apply.
Will I need to fill out paperwork for my first Pilates class?
Yes! There is an intake form for you to fill out upon arrival of your first Pilates class. We want to know as much information as we can to make your Pilates experience personal and pin-pointed to your specific goals. Please arrive 10 minutes early to your first class to allow enough time to fill out your intake form.
What is one to wear?
Comfortable, form fitting exercise clothes are best. Over sized clothes make it difficult for the instructor to observe your body during the workout. Dress comfortably so that your movement is free, but try not to wear clothing that is too loose fitting as you will be performing exercises that could cause a loose shirt to drift up the torso or loose shorts to fall open at the hip. Men - please be advised that you are lying down and shorts do ride up so please wear an under layer. It's best to wear pants that are not draping over your feet and we do require special socks with grip for safety and hygienic purposes. If you do not have a pair of grip socks we offer them for sale at the studio.
How often can I take class?
In 10 sessions you will feel a difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body."- Joseph Pilates. With any form of exercise, consistency is key. In the beginning, your body is learning a lot of new information and your mind-body connection is being established. The optimal recommendation is 2-3 times per week, or every other day. Giving your body a day to rest and recover in between is a good idea. However, once you get the hang of it, you could do Pilates everyday as your choice of workout! Take advantage of our membership!
Will I be sore from class?
That depends on your body awareness and fitness levels. A Pilates workout will target the slow twitch muscle fibers, which are more efficient at using oxygen to generate more fuel (known as ATP) for continuous, extended muscle contractions over a long time. They fire more slowly than fast twitch fibers and can go for a long time before they fatigue. Therefore, there are many times you may not feel that sore! Pilates leaves you energized and while you may experience some soreness as your body experiences changes, you will not experience debilitating soreness.
What results can I expect from taking classes at Love for Pilates?
Our classes are designed for total body conditioning which will help you reshape your body. Using spring resistant plus the weight of your own body, the system helps to tone your muscles and elongate areas such as the waistline and upper thighs and arms. Adding Pilates to a healthy diet and regular cardiovascular exercise can dramatically change your overall appearance. You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, improved posture and overall strength, as well as a decrease in back pain/other general body pains.