1.) What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness known as “Contrology” developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The benefits of Pilates range from increased flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, developing a strong core, improving coordination and balance. It emphasizes spinal & pelvic alignment and improves posture! Pilates systems allows different exercises to be modified and performed in a wide range of levels from beginner to advanced movements.
2.) What is a Reformer?
One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. It is a full body workout to create lean and toned muscles safely and effectively. Exercises can be done laying down, sitting, standing and more based off of your abilities. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage (the mat part of the reformer) or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. The springs create resistance with choices of differing levels of difficulty as the carriage is pushed or pulled. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformer parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different levels of skill.
3.) Do I need to be at a certain fitness level to attend a class?
All fitness levels are welcome! We teach introductory classes, beginner, intermediate and advanced. We even offer classes that focus on cardio! Take a look at our class description page for a more detailed overview.
3.) I’m brand new to Reformer Pilates - What class should I start with?
Start with a Private lesson. We will show you the machine, explain how it works and teach you how to correctly use the reformer so that you feel more than comfortable going into a group class! From there you will go into our Pilates Reformer Foundation class which is designed for members who are brand new just like you! If you want a class that moves a bit slower, try out Strength & Stretch class. It moves at a slower pace and incorporates more stretching. If you have questions on your fitness level and want more help deciding on what class you should start with, give us a call or simply text us! We will be happy to help guide you into picking the right class for you.
4.) How do I book a class?
We use MINDBODY Online booking. Book through our website or download the MINDBODY app on your phone and search for Mission Pilates Solvang. Still need help? Give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
5.) What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you would normally workout in. You do not need workout shoes but we do require grip socks. If you do not own any don’t worry, we have them for sale at the studio and some for you to borrow for your first class. Grip socks are simply normal socks with grips on the bottom so that you can grip the machine better and also keeps the machines clean for other members.
Have more questions? Give us a call or text us. We LOVE to talk about Pilates!
Allegro 2 Reformer with different footbar placement options.