How do I start?
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body – or your money back“
– Joseph Pilates
Joe Pilates required all his new students to begin with three private lessons per week for 10 weeks. He guaranteed results. We also promise to deliver results when you do 30 private lessons in 10 weeks – or your money back.
Depending on your schedule and budget, there are many package options for you to choose from to experience the benefits that Authentic Pilates can bring to your life.
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 3 private sessions, 1 mat class, 1 apparatus class, and 1 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 12-90. 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 Mat, Apparatus, and Reformer classes.
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.
In an Apparatus 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 an Apparatus 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.
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.Our 30 minute apparatus class (Express Apparatus) in particular is geared towards seniors. We are always happy to chat if you have any further questions
We are located in the Hartt Shoe Factory building on York Street (401A York Street) in
Parking is found behind the building, off Argyle Street. The parking lot has a sign that says, ‘tenants only’ and we are tenants. Street parking is available on both Argyle and Victoria streets when the season allows
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. If you are adding it to your regular workout routine of your sport, or lifting weights, one or two times per week may be enough. How frequently you do Pilates depends on your personal goals and your schedule. You may also want to increase your sessions at certain times of the year (shoulder season).
Please read our studio policies and fill out the health waiver before your first visit.