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Absolutely!! The great thing about Pilates is the movements can be done by almost anyone. There are many modifications that can be taught for each movement to accommodate all levels of practice. The only exception to this is if your Doctor has ordered you not to participate in physical activity.
I would recommend if it is your first time trying Pilates to attend the Free Demo class (see Online Schedule for availability) or to start with the Fundamentals of Pilates class.
Because Pilates may be new for several people, I have decided to offer a FREE PILATES DEMO upon request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a demo.
In this class we will do a studio tour and brief policy review. Then we will discuss the Pilates Principles focusing specifically on breathing, core activation and spine articulation. We will go through a short set of Mat exercises. Then we will transition to the Pilates Equipment. We will go through all the pieces of equipment that we have in the Studio, i.e. Reformer, Tower, EXO chair and Combo Chair. If time allows we will then transition to the Barre and do a brief introduction to the movements of a Barre class. After attending this Free Demo class a student should feel more prepared to attend a Mat class or schedule a private or duet equipment session.
Develop a strong inner core, toned abdominals and a strong back.
Develop better balance and stability.
Improve flexibility and stamina.
Improve posture and spine alignment
Improve sore back and neck (if practiced consistently)
Builds strength and develop long, lean muscles.
Learn how to breath properly while moving.
Creates an evenly conditioned body.
Learn efficient patterns of movement.
Injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Good question! At Plank Pilates Studio we are passionate about Pilates and mindful movement. This is our specialty and we want to share it with others. We will not only lead a class, but we will instruct and guide our students to ensure proper movement and Pilates practice. We will get to know you, your needs, and your fitness goals. We will help you become the best you! Most of all, we welcome everyone at every level. We will not make you feel uncomfortable if you are new to Pilates.
We strive to make every student feel comfortable in class whether it is your first class or your 50th class. If we don’t happen to see you as you walk in please let the instructor know this is your first class so we can meet you and get to know your Pilates goals.
On your first visit there will be a small amount of paperwork to complete, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early. We have 2 restrooms available in the common areas if you need to change clothes. There are cubbies inside the studio to put your personal items during class. Please leave your shoes on the shoe rack in the common area outside the studio. We recommend you let the instructor know it is your first time at Plank and make sure to verbally tell the instructor if you have any injuries that we need to be aware of. Once class is ready to start, grab a mat and get ready for a great 50 minutes! After class each student is responsible for cleaning their mat (towels and cleaner are provided) and any props used during the class. Please put away your mat before you leave and then go out and enjoy the rest of your day!
The info on the new client form is a necessity in order to ensure we are providing you with the best and safest Pilates workout for your current level of fitness and functioning. The information you provide on the new client form will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used by instructors to become familiar with a new client prior to a class or equipment session.
Morton: There is coat hook area outside the mat and reformer studios. Because we only have a shared common area, we recommend bringing any personal items into the studio with you. We will provide cubbies for your personal items.
Peoria: There are shoe trays when you walk in the main entrance in the retail area. Once you enter the mat studio, to your left there is a big corner cubbie area for all of your belongings.
Both Pilates mat and Barre classes are 50 minutes (except for Express Barre which is 30 minutes). Private and Duet Equipment sessions are 55 minutes.
YES…but you must have your physician’s approval. Many people start their Pilates journey as a recovery method from an injury. By nature, Pilates is a slow, carefully controlled form of building strength and flexibility. Because of this, if practiced safely and consistently it is a great choice for the injured body. Pilates can help relieve pain and rebuild an injured body!
Yes..but once again you must have your physician’s approval. Pilates is a great workout regime during pregnancy because it is low impact, gentle on the joints, strengthens the inner core, deep abdominals, and pelvic floor, and can help to prevent low back pain. Some modifications are necessary during pregnancy so it is essential to ensure your instructor is aware that you are expecting.
Well, then you were not doing it correctly … and that is not your fault! Pilates is truly an art and it takes guidance and instruction in order to do it correctly. At Plank we give strong cues and ensure our students are feeling energy in the right places. We walk around and help guide you to perform the movements appropriately. We will not single you out or make you feel uncomfortable, but you will get a good workout because you deserve it, and because that is what you are paying for!
Pilates should not hurt! Pilates is challenging, but it is not painful. If you are feeling pain during your workout you must notify your instructor and they can help guide you through the movement or provide modification suggestions so you receive the maximum benefit without pain.
Pilates will help you become healthier for sure! With consistent practice Pilates can help you lose inches, however good nutrition and cardio are still necessary in order to lose weight.
The most apparent and noticeable difference between mat classes and equipment sessions is the location of the Pilates work. With a mat class the movements are done on the mat. With mat work you are using your body weight as resistance for the movements.
With equipment sessions, the movements take place on a piece of Pilates equipment. During a duet or private session you will work on one or more of the pieces of Pilates Equipment that we have at Plank (Reformer, Tower, Exo Chair, Combo chair or the Pilates Arc.) In a private or duet equipment session you are lead through a series of movements by your instructor. The use of the equipment adds resistance from the springs of the specific piece of equipment that allows a client to work very precisely to develop core strength and improve flexibility.
In order to get the best overall benefits of Pilates it is most ideal to do both mat work and equipment work.
The recommended attire for a Pilates and Barre class is form-fitting and comfortable clothing. By wearing form-fitting clothing you are able to more freely flow through the Pilates and Barre routine while also helping the instructor to visually see your alignment and form in order to make corrections when necessary.
There are no shoes allowed inside the studio. A student can wear toeless pilates “grippy” socks if desired. Plank does offer Pilates socks to purchase. Mats are provided for all mat classes.
Although we do have cubby storage inside the studio, space is limited so we recommend only bringing in necessities to class.
We have a water cooler, but we recommend bringing your own water bottle (especially for Barre classes cause you will need it!).
One of the best ways to fully benefit from Pilates is to practice consistently and correctly. We recommend attending 2-3 classes/sessions per week, but any amount of classes is better than nothing. Most students report that they notice a change in their body after 6-8 sessions. At Plank we know that life is busy, but we feel confident that Pilates is a good investment of time for both your body and your mind! You deserve Pilates!
As Joseph Pilates often said “ In 10 sessions you will feel a difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a totally new body.”
In order to simplify the registration process for our clients and instructors, we utilize the Mind/Body online website and smart phone app for registration and payment processing. In order to access the site you must register and set up a username and password. Once registered you will receive email confirmations of classes and cancellations. You will be able to pre-book classes and review your schedule through this website (or the app) to help you better plan you weekly Plank schedule.
Reformer Classes: 12 Hours Prior
Private Sessions: 24 Hours Prior
Mat Classes: 2 Hours Prior
Private Sessions booked are subject to a 24-hour cancellation window. You must cancel your reservation online, over the phone, or via email. If a client has cancelled after the 24-hour cancellation window, he/she will be charged full-price for the missed class or have a class taken from their package.
Mat classes booked are subject to a 2-hour cancellation window. You must cancel your reservation online, over the phone, or via email. If a client has cancelled after the 2-hour cancellation window he/she will be charged full-price for the missed class or have a class taken from their package.
Reformer classes booked are subject to a 12-hour cancellation window. You must cancel your reservation online, over the phone, or via email. If a client has cancelled after the 12-hour cancellation window he/she will be charged full-price for the missed class or have a class taken from their package.
We prefer credit card for payment, but we will accept cash on occasion. In order to utilize the most cost effective classes, we recommend purchasing a package or a membership. With this option you will receive a discount on classes and sessions, and you will not have to provide payment at the time of each class. We also recommend signing up in advance using the Mind/Body scheduling app or website. You will be able to pay with a credit card at the time of your registration. We are also able to process credit cards in the studio. Please arrive 10 minutes early if you plan to pay with a credit card at the time of the class.
Mind Body is an online software website that Plank Pilates Studio is utilizing for scheduling and products sales. To access mind/body click here. You will be directed to the Plank Pilates Studio Mind/Body site. From here you will be prompted to either sign in or create a log-in. Once you have created a log-in you will be able to see all the current class schedules for Plank as well as register for classes and purchases class packages. Each time you want to sign up of for a class you will register by utilizing the mind/body site.