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What To Know Before Your First Session

Let’s be real: Trying anything for the first time is scary as sh*t. 

And, full disclosure: Everyone’s first session is a whirlwind. Actually, the first three are. But, have no fear! We have the answers to some of your most-common FAQs to make sure you are fully prepped and ready for your first 50-minute, sweat-pouring, music-pumping session. 

I am new to reformer Pilates. Should I schedule a private first?

Unlike traditional Pilates, our group class format doesn’t require a private session. Our skilled instructors are great at adjusting and modifying for all fitness levels. However, if you have chronic back pain, painful joints, or a severe medical condition, we recommend you take a private first to assess your fitness level. If you have concerns about your ability to participate in a group class, please let us know and we will gladly assess whether it is appropriate.

How early should I arrive for my first session?

If it is your first time, we ask that you arrive 10 minutes before the start of class so that we can walk you through our studio and equipment. This way, you feel as comfortable as possible before class begins. 

What should I wear?

We recommend you wear something that is comfortable to move in that you would traditionally wear to work out or do yoga in. For safety and sanitary reasons, we do require all clients to wear non-slip socks while on the reformer. If you do not have any—or it’s just time for a fresh pair—we sell some pretty snazzy sticky socks in-studio for $10. 

Where should I park?

Let’s break this one down by studio . . .

UPTOWN: We have a few parking spots along the side of our building—on the corner of Cole and Fitzhugh. If those are all occupied, you can park curbside—along Cole Ave or across the street at Sigel’s. 

LOVERS LANE: You may park anywhere in the shopping strip along Lovers Lane or along Amherst Avenue, which is just behind the studio. *Please do NOT park in the lot to the left of our studio that is designated parking for Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburger. 

LAKEWOOD: Anywhere! There is ample parking throughout Hillside Village Shopping Center. 

Do you have lockers and/or showers?

We do have lockers for you to store your belongings in while taking class, and if there is no front desk, we lock the studio door 5 minutes after class starts to make sure your belongings stay safe and sound. We do not have showers. But, don’t you worry! We have LOTS of products for you to freshen up with post-session.

Do you provide water?

Absolutely! We sell Boxed Water in the studio for $2.50 or, if you bring your own bottle, we have filtered water stations. 

If there are any questions you have that we did not address in this post, checkout our FAQ page or shoot us an email at

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