How often should I attend classes to see results?
The frequency is always depended on how fast you want to see results, how much time you can realistically dedicate within a week and what your budget would be for your physical condition. Always discuss your concerns and your fitness goals with your trainer and together you will find what is the best suited plan for you. Remember that all our instructors are more than happy to answer every question you have regarding your physical welfare.
What is the difference between Personal Training and Private Training?
Personal Training is a 1-on-1 training with a dedicated Trainer preparing your tailor-made workout plan as per your individual needs and goals. For those who wish to workout in private without the presence of other people in the room, we have a space dedicated for this purpose and specialized equipment. Please note that if you prefer to exercise in privacy there will be additional fees as the whole room and equipment will be dedicated to you and your trainer only.
What should I bring and NOT bring to class?
- For safety and sanitary reasons, we REQUIRE EVERYONE to wear socks ideally non-slip tread socks. No shoes for this type of class.
- Bring a towel and bottle of water.
- Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move in, much like you would for a yoga class or the gym.
- Avoid jewelry or strong perfumes.
- Please note that no classes are confirmed if you’re not prepaid.
Why should I start with Personal Training?
The reason we recommend beginning with Personal Training sessions is two-fold. First, we use your first few sessions as a way to evaluate the skills and/or challenges you are coming in with, gain an understanding of what your goals are, and observe how the exercises affect your body as no two bodies will respond exactly the same. Second, we use a variety of teaching methods at the studio including; verbal guidance, imagery, and hands-on cueing. With gentle touch we can help to guide our clients into a better form and sometimes into a place they can’t find on their own. Obviously, it becomes difficult for our teachers to teach in this way with more than one client at one time, which is why we suggest a few sessions on your own before attempting to join a duo, trio, or group class. In this manner, you can have the experience of total attention from an instructor and get the guidance and support most beginners really need.
How do I sign up for one of your group classes?
Classes have a limit to the number of participants so we recommend you to book ahead in order to preserve your spot. Although you can pay per class when you arrive, you may benefit more by the significant discounts of our 6, 12 or 24 session packages.
What is the difference between Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method?
Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method are each complete systems of mind-body movement. Pilates is more linear and focuses on core strength, pelvic stability, building long muscles that are flexible as well as toned, and proper body mechanics and alignment. The GYROTONIC® method is three-dimensional and circular. It too strengthens the body’s core muscles from the inside out. There is more focus on moving from a strong connection to the body’s energy centers and then trying to ‘release’ the body. The GYROTONIC® method develops increased functional strength and flexibility, while improving coordination, neuromuscular control, and re-shaping the entire body. Pilates equipment uses a spring-resistance system while GYROTONIC® equipment relies on weight and pulley systems. Both exercise modalities increase abdominal and pelvic strength, help maintain or increase spinal integrity, and are adaptable to all body types and levels of experience.
How are the GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® exercises different?
The GYROKINESIS® exercise was actually developed before any of the equipment was made. It is a series of movements done on a stool and on a mat that provide a complete stimulation for the entire body. The GYROTONIC® exercise is the equipment aspect of the system. A typical GYROTONIC® session will include some GYROKINESIS® exercises (usually done as a warm-up) before progressing on to an equipment for the remainder of the workout. We often ask our clients to do these GYROKINESIS® exercises as their homework program between sessions or to take a weekly GYROKINESIS® class so they can fine-tune the movements, which make up the basis of the system.
Can I do both Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method?
Many of our clients find both exercise modalities — the GYROTONIC® method and Pilates — important to their workout regiment and engage in both exercises on a weekly basis. While both disciplines are different, they do complement each other and add variety to our clients’ workouts. On the other hand, some clients choose one or the other for a more focused approach to their health and wellness goals.
Can I do this even if I am totally out of shape?
Absolutely! We are skilled at making the basics accessible to everyone and providing the right level of challenge to each of our clients. It is never too late to start from scratch when it comes to your body’s health. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program including ours.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions are generally 55 minutes.
What if I have an injury or physical restrictions?
One reason Pilates and GYROTONIC® have become so popular is because they are safe to do and they actually optimize physical condition and relieve common aches and pains occurring due to muscular imbalances. If you are currently experiencing pains and discomfort please consult your medical specialists and ask for their permission before you join any fitness regime.