Q: My gym has Pilates; how is this different?
A: All of Synergy's Pilates and yoga classes allow a maximum of eight students. This allows an intimate environment which enables our teachers to provide more attention to your specific physical requirements. Our rehabilitative classes have been programmed by a sports doctor in conjunction with a Pilates and yoga teacher to address specific bio mechanical issues. The classes are taught by teachers who have a detailed understanding of anatomy and alignment and will work closely with you to ensure that you are getting a great workout while still staying safe.
Q: I'm a guy; I thought Pilates was only for women.
A: We have students from all walks of life. Men, woman, children, seniors, and everyone in between can benefit from proper breathing, posture, and alignment.
Q: How many rehabilitative classes do I need to take before I'm better?
A: This depends on each individual case and the circumstances surrounding it.Generally, we expect positive outcomes within two to three months if the classes are accompanied by a home exercise program.
Q: Why do the Rehabilitative Programs expire after only four months?
A: Generally we expect good outcomes within two to three months if the classes are accompanied by a home exercise program. By making the expiry date four months we hope to encourage students to complete our program within that specified time frame.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Loose, comfortable clothing. Wear whatever you would wear to the gym. Students go bare foot or wear socks in the studio so no running shoes are required.
Q: What do I bring?
A: Other than your gym attire, all props and mats are provided for you.
Q: In order to do the exercises at home, what will I need?
A: Most props are available for sale at Synergy or can be constructed from everyday home objects. All purchases of a Rehabilitative Program will be accompanied by a workbook to aid in correct form while performing home exercises.
Q: My friend is interested; do they need to see a doctor before they attend a rehabilitative class?
A: Everybody is welcome to take any of our classes without a doctor's referral. If they feel that they are physically unstable, have multiple issues they wish to address, or if their issue is of a recent injury, they are welcome to schedule a private appointment. This private appointment will assess their suitability for classes and could be scheduled with any one of our Pilates instructors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, or our walk-in General Practitioner.
Q: Can I go straight to the classes or do I need a private appointment?
A: A private appointment is highly recommended if you have never done any Pilates in the past. Furthermore, if you find that you are having difficulty with the body awareness required to practice the exercises correctly - or if you would like some personalized attention not found in a group setting - you can also book a private Pilates appointment.
Q: The class I'm interested in happens to be at a time that doesn't work with my schedule, what should I do?
A: One option is to book a private appointment with a Pilates teacher at a time that is more convenient for you. The other option is to speak to the administrators at the front desk. They would be happy to take your time constraints into consideration when scheduling classes in the future.
Q: What if I find the exercises too easy?
A: There may be a couple of reasons for this:
- Confirm with your teacher that the exercises are being executed correctly. Often when minute details - such as alignment - are overlooked while performing an exercise, it can seem that it is not challenging. This can be fixed with proper technique and activation.
- If you have regularly been doing the exercise correctly and still find that you are no longer challenged, it may be time to "graduate" to a more advanced class or private appointments. Speak to your teacher about what class would be best for you.
Q: How intense a workout should I expect?
A: While the exercises performed in class entail small motions, they are designed to work muscles that are often not used and, therefore, you may find it challenging to "tap into". You may find this fairly difficult but not as "intense" as a traditional cardiovascular workout.
Q: I've had trouble learning the exercises. What should I do?
A: If you find that you are having difficulty with the body awareness required to practice the exercises correctly - or if you would like some personalized attention not found in a group setting - you can also book a private Pilates appointment.