FAQ

Getting Started

What should I wear to my Classes?

You should wear comfortable exercises clothes that let your body achieve full range of motion. Ladies should wear either ¾ or long pants and a singlet or t-shirt and men should wear shorts and a t-shirt. No footwear is needed for all classes, however if you wish you may wear socks with grip on the bottom.

How do I book for classes/Physiotherapy session?

For first timers, bookings have to be made by contacting our studio. Subsequently, should you purchase a package from us, you may book your class easily via our Focus Movement app. For clients who are seeking for Physiotherapy treatment, appointment has to be made by phone call.

Classes

Pilates

I have never done Pilates before, how do I start?

You may like to come in for a trial class experience. Our 45min trial sessions give you an overview of Pilates on the reformer. We have trial classes every week. The cost of our trial session will be $25 and need to be booked in advance by calling the studio.

You may also consider one of our kick-start packages for beginners. These packages are designed for complete beginners and they take you through the necessary steps to be comfortable with Pilates while teaching you how to observe correct technique.

How often should I do Pilates to see results?

As a general rule you should practice Pilates two to three times a week to see effective results. Your body will be more responsive to the exercises if you attend regularly. However, if you can only manage one session a week your body will still benefit from the exercises with increased muscle strength, flexibility, posture and balance.

How long will it take me to feel and see a difference in my body?

Everyone progresses differently depending on their level of fitness and what other activities they participate in. As Joseph Pilates said “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” This only applies if you practice Pilates on a regular basis.

Will Pilates help me to lose weight?

Pilates is not commonly considered a cardiovascular workout to burn calories. Pilates exercises will however help you to build muscle mass increasing your metabolic rate which helps to burn calories. The main benefits of Pilates include improved posture, increased muscle strength, increased flexibility and mobility and body balance. For an effective fitness regime for weight loss Pilates should be accompanied by some form of cardio activity like running, swimming or walking along with a balanced diet.

I have back pain can I still do Pilates?

If you have serious chronic back pain then it is best to see a Physiotherapist before you start Pilates. This will ensure that Pilates won’t inflame your injury. If you have a few aches and pains in your back then Pilates will be a great exercise to improve the strength, mobility and flexibility in your spine. If you have any pain it is best to advise the instructor before your class or one-on-one session.

I have an old injury. Can I still do Pilates?

If you have an old injury then Pilates may be a great form of exercise to prevent your injury from returning. Before you start the class or private session you should inform the instructor of any injuries so that they can make modifications to the exercises if necessary. If you are concerned about your injury then you may consider starting with a one-on-one session first. The Instructor will be able to assess you on an individual basis and give you exercises to improve your injury area.

If you are in a lot of pain then you may like to consider having an initial consultation with one of our Physiotherapists first. They will be able to determine if you are suitable for group classes or one on one session.

Why do fundamental classes?

Fundamental classes are designed to teach you the basics of Pilates using a reformer machine. Completing three introductory sessions gives you the knowledge and technique to ensure you get the most out of beginner classes. Group fundamental classes are held at various times throughout the week. Private fundamental sessions are one-on-one sessions with an instructor, and can scheduled at times that are convenient for you.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates is an exercises designed to work the whole body, toning and strengthening all groups of muscles. Pilates isn’t considered a life philosophy like Yoga however it is a series of exercises designed to improve the strength of your core muscles to improve posture and increase the range of movement in your body. Pilates is considered very beneficial for rehabilitation purposes and it focuses on flexibility of joints including the spine and building core strength.

Yoga is considered to be a life philosophy combining ethical and spiritual values as well as a series of poses which are beneficial to the body and building a mind-body connection. Yoga also includes meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques.

Yoga exercises are typically static poses that are held for a period of time, depending on the style of yoga. The holding of these positions and the movement between the poses provide stimulation to muscles. Where as Pilates is a series of movements, which are not static and require repetition and fluid movement.

Yoga

Do I need to bring a mat to class?

Our studio provides mats and towels for all Yoga and Pilates mat classes, so just turn up for your session!

Other

What is your Cancellation Policy?

We understand that unexpected things happen and only request that you inform us within the cancellation notice period, so that other waitlisted client(s) can get into the class.

Group Classes: A minimum of 12 hours’ notice is required; otherwise the session will be fully charged.
Private Classes and Physiotherapy: No show or less than 4 hours’ notice will incur a full charge. For notice given between 4 and 12 hours, a $53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) cancellation fee applies.

What if I am late for class?

Please try to come 10-15mins early for class. If you are late for more than 15mins, you will not be allowed to join the class.

Do I get any benefit for referring someone to your studios?

For every friend you refer to Focus that signs up for a package, you receive 40 points (every 1 point = $1) credited into your Mindbody account. These points can be used on your next package purchase and our retail items. There is no limit to the number of friends you refer, so bring your friend along and get rewarded! Other terms and conditions apply.

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