How do I get started?

Very simple. Start with one of our New Client Packs to get accustomed with our equipment, style of teaching and the studio. You can try out a combo pack of 3 of our classes, a pack of 3 private sessions or a combo of 3 classes + 3 private sessions. The choice is yours. Please note that these packages can only be used once and are meant for new clients only.

I have done Pilates before... How is 'Classical' different? Do I need to do a new client induction?

Well, Classical Pilates is actual Pilates. In our humble opinion, everything else, is a derivative and misses out on the essence of Joe Pilates’ work. We have found that clients who have done Reformer Pilates or ‘clinical’ Pilates need to start afresh. No disrespect to previous work done, we are creating a rich tapestry of movement and choose to stay true to the authentic method. We work unapologetically as lovers of the Josphes’ work and the work of the elders. We work technically, see every detail and also want to drench you in the real Pilates method! The exercises, the equipment, the philosophy and the way we run our sessions is like nowhere else in Queenstown. Plus … the results.

I have an injury, which class is best for me?

Complete one of your new clients package, we can decide from there. Depending on the complexity of the issue you may need some more support in your early days at the studio. Some clients who have had severe injuries have worked with a combination of private and eventually our group classes. We take pride in doing what is best for you in the short and long-term. We can’t generalise though as there are clients who thrive with certain conditions in our group programme.

I am pregnant! Which class is right for me?

Congratulations, a baby on board! All classes are perfect for you as we have multiple options for your Pilates training. You can work right through to delivery (if appropriate) at the studio. Our group classes will have you supported through your pregnancy. We do recommend seeking advice in the private setting as required and of course, we are happy to work in conjunction with your medical and allied health team during this exciting time.

Can I just do a one off class?

No. We work with clients at least a couple of times each week for a few months at a time. The studio is proudly low-volume / high-retention focussed. We look forward to showing you what regular work with us can accomplish for you. We do offer attractively-priced intro packages to see whether Classical Pilates is for you.

How often should I attend?

As frequently as possible. If Pilates is your only exercise, attend multiple times a week. If you have a jam-packed exercise schedule already, try attending twice a week even if for only a couple of months and then reduce during your ‘on-season’ to once per week for best results. When you start Pilates you start learning how to move in an efficient way and it can take time to get the hang of it and build your endurance. Attending infrequently will keep you as a perpetual newbie, the more often you come, the sooner you can confident, strong and adventurous!

How long do sessions last?

Private and duet sessions are 55 minutes. Group classes are 50 minutes.

Do you have a changing room and amenities?

Yes, we have a bathroom with shower and toilet where you can change outfits if you wish. We also have a kitchenette where you can fill up your water bottle or grab a glass of water. If you are early, take a seat and feel free to grab a mat and practice some physical self-care before your session starts.

How do I get to the studio?

The studio is located at Unit 23A of the Shotover Ridge Business Park, 193 Glenda Drive in Frankton, Queenstown. Parking is free at the Business Park for 90 minutes. If the parking spaces at the Business Park happen to be full (which rarely happens) you can park on Glenda Drive.

What should I wear?

Comfortable active wear, form fitting if possible. Ensure your clothes are free of zippers as they tear the equipment. If you have long hair, please bring a hair tie so that your instructor can assess your form with ease. Chewing gum and body odour aren’t welcome at the studio.

I want to become a Classical Pilates teacher!

Wow, we love your ambition. Well, you have reached the right place. We are one of a few approved training studios in New Zealand for the Authentic Pilates Education International Program. We are not offering the training programme itself (that is taking place in Auckland) but we can mentor you and you can do a lot of your training here with two qualified teachers plus all the space and equipment you need. Reach out to Marco if you want to know more.

What is the difference between your studio and other pilates studios in Queenstown?

Our studio teaches the classical method. By that we mean the method set up and founded by Joseph Pilates. Why should you care you could think, it all looks the same. Well, you should care because you only have one body. Choosing a Pilates studio requires a bit of research and understanding. To help you on your way, here are a few pointers to consider: 1. A Pilates studio should be fully equipped with apparatus such as a cadillac, various barrels, chairs, mats, reformers and small equipment. Joseph Pilates designed those pieces on purpose to address different bodies but also to create a better functiong body for you. A space filled to the brim with only piece might suit the owner but not necessarily you. Using only one piece is very simply not Pilates but a poor version of the Method and will not give you the results you are looking for. 2. A Pilates Instructor is trained for a minimum of 700 hours (not online) on ALL equipment - not just mat or reformer - and for ALL levels - not just beginners. Make sure that you know that your teacher has all the qualifications to do so. Why is that important? Becaus Pilates is a system of exercises, equipment and levels. A Pilates teacher should be able to teach on the apparatus that suits the body and you cannot do that on one single piece. 3. A Pilates studio is focussed on individuals and small groups. As a teacher we have the responsibility to maintain safety over the body in front of us. Pilates should not be done in big groups (more than 6 at a time). The bigger the group the less control the teacher has which means less safety for you as a client. Because the equipment has multiple moving parts including springs, straps and bars, the last thing we want is for you to hurt yourself, fall off equipment and never do Pilates again. 4. A Pilates Instructor has completed a teacher program with a reputable and verifiable organisation. That means, a teacher training program run by someone who is known and respected in the global Pilates world. Unfortunately Pilates is not regulated so well in New Zealand so anyone can offer whatever program they like. So, how do you know you are dealing with a teacher who is trained appropriately? Make sure that you are able to check the credentials the teacher are giving you; do not just believe what is being said. What kind or training program has this teacher done? What was included in that program, how long did it take and how was it offered? Make sure you clearly see contact details of the teacher trainer mentioned on a website so you can reach out to verify that information. It may sound silly, but you are giving your body into someone else's hands and you want to be 100% sure that that teacher knows what he or she is doing. In our studio, all the teachers have finished a full teacher training program enabling us to teach on all equipment, all levels and all abilities. The studio is equipped with all the pieces that we need to address all body types and issues. And most importantly, we do NOT teach big classes to guarantee your safety and give you the best Pilates workout.