Getting Started with Pilates


Whether you are new to Pilates or an experienced Pilates enthusiast, we have classes to suit all levels of ability.

Which Pilates classes are best for me?


We offer the largest variety of Pilates classes in Adelaide. With over 100 classes per week across our 4 Pilates Studios we are passionate about delivering a range a Pilates classes to suit all ages, abilities  and fitness levels.

The main factors to consider are:

  • your personal preference for either mat or equipment classes
  • any injuries or limitations you may have
  • the reasons you are doing Pilates
  • your availability

Generally, if you are in good health you will be able to attend any of our classes, as long as you have met the pre-requisites (outlined below).

If you have an injury or need any sort of rehabilitation, you will probably need to start with the Pilates Group Equipment [link] sessions, as these allow you to work through a program that has been tailored to your specific needs. Group Equipment classes are also good for athletes or sports people who need very targeted exercises.

We encourage our clients to alternate between class types. Mixing it up not only gives you variety and keeps you engaged it is also good for your body to undertake different types of movement activity – including some stretching, strengthening and cardio.

How do I get started?


Before attending group Pilates classes you need to learn the Pilates basics. We strongly believe that learning the correct Pilates techniques is absolutely essential, not only to prevent injury, but to get the most benefit from your Pilates work out.  Too often we see clients coming to us who have done Pilates elsewhere who are not using their core properly and have never learnt the correct techniques. It can be a light-bulb moment once we give them some guided instruction and cueing!

To learn the basics you have the option of either doing a Beginners Course or by having some private Pilates 1:1 sessions with a Physio. All clients who are new to our practice are required to have a Pilates Fitness Screen as the first step.

Because we offer a range of different Pilates class styles, there are different pre-requisites for each of the different classes.

Getting Started – Mat Classes, Strength & Balance, Barre


You can choose to do either private sessions or a Beginners Course. Private sessions are available at all 4 locations. Beginners Courses are available at Glynde or St Peters.

If you choose private sessions you will need the following appointments:

  1. Pilates Fitness Screen – Your health history will be discussed and a series of exercises will be performed to assess your range of movement, strength and flexibility. This will provide a baseline from which you can measure your Pilates progress. Your Physio will also make recommendations about which classes would be most suitable and would benefit you the most.
  2. Real Time Ultrasound – Fundamental to correct Pilates technique is knowing how to engage your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles. In this session Real Time Ultrasound will be used to help train these muscles.
  3. Individual Mat Sessions – If you have no prior Pilates experience you will need 2-3 individual Pilates Mat sessions to learn the basics. If you have some previous Pilates experience you may only need 1 or 2 individual Pilates Mat sessions.

If you choose a Beginners Course you will need the following:

  1. Pilates Fitness Screen – Your health history will be discussed and a series of exercises will be performed to assess your range of movement, strength and flexibility. This will provide a baseline from which you can measure your Pilates progress. Your Physio will also make recommendations about which classes would be most suitable and would benefit you the most.
  2. Either of our Beginners Courses, choose between:

Once you have completed these, you can attend the appropriate Mat Class level for your capability as well as the Strength & Balance and Barre Classes.

Our Mat classes are graded from Gentle to Advanced so that you can progress and keep challenging yourself as you get stronger and more proficient.

If you are doing Barre Classes and feel apprehensive about ballet moves you may elect to have a Barre private session before starting.

Getting Started – Reformer


Regardless of previous Pilates experience, all clients need to attend the 5 week Beginners Reformer Course. Along with basic exercises you will also learn how to set up and adjust the Reformer machines. Our studio is equipped with brand new Allegro 2 Balanced Body Reformer machines – these are the most sophisticated, innovative machines available and even if you have used Reformers before, these machines have a range of new features.

All new clients require a Pilates Fitness Screen as the first step.

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Getting Started – Circuit


To attend Circuit classes you need to be at an intermediate level and have had a minimum of 3 months Pilates experience in any of our classes.

Getting Started – Equipment


If you are opting for the Pilates Equipment you will need up to 10 private Equipment Sessions after you have had a Pilates Fitness Screen and Real Time Ultrasound.. These sessions will develop your individually tailored program. Once you have your program you can join the Group Equipment Sessions. You will need Program Reviews every 3 months or so, in order to progress and adjust your exercises and achieve the best results.

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