What is Pilates? Pilates is a unique system of stretching and strengthening resulting in a body that is more flexible, stronger and better balanced.

Is Pilates suitable for me? Normally Pilates is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. However, if you have any injuries, medical conditions or if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, please check with your GP or other health professional that Pilates is suitable for you. If the GP or health professional recommends Pilates, obtain a letter from them describing the condition with recommendations and contraindications.

What if I am a beginner? Pilates is an excellent introduction to gentle exercise. One of the good things about Pilates is that you work at your own pace. You can choose the level you want to work at, even if you are a beginner and there are more experienced people in the class.

What should I wear? Comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely and is not too baggy (eg, leggings, a t-shirt and a warmer top) and just socks on your feet.

How many people are in a class? This can vary depending on the size of the hall, time of day etc, but the maximum is 12 people per class. Currently maximum 8 in online classes. Pilates can also be taught privately in your own home.

Am I too old? There is no upper age limit for doing Pilates. Most people can benefit no matter what their age. If you have any concerns, speak to your GP first.

Is Pilates safe? Pilates is especially recommended by most health professionals as a safe form of exercise. Check with your GP first if you have any concerns.

Do I need to do any other exercise? It is recommended that Pilates is supplemented with regular cardiovascular exercise such as swimming, cycling, brisk walking or running.

Will Pilates help me to lose weight? Generally the most successful way to lose weight is by combining exercise with a suitable diet. Pilates helps to tone and strengthen your muscles. It can also improve your posture and energy levels.

Can I learn Pilates from a book or DVD? To get the most out of Pilates you are almost always better finding a well trained teacher. Later you could use a book or DVD to compliment your class work.