I’m new to Pilates. What do I need to know in order to start?

We highly recommend you start with a private 1-1 intro lesson in your home or join one of our beginner or beginner & improver classes in order to master the basics before you progress to a mixed-ability or intermediate class. With Pilates, as with many things, you will get out of it what you invest.


I have an injury. Is Pilates safe and useful for me?

Pilates can be a fantastic way to manage and aid injury recovery. Those with an injury or illness may need
a private Pilates introduction before being able to join a class so please contact us at info@ilovepilates.org.uk prior to joining a class to discuss your needs. Details of private lessons can be found here.


Do I need to prebook classes?

Yes, we highly recommend that you prebook your place in class. We have a limited number of places in class and that way you avoid turning up and the class being full. Also, if we do need to cancel a class, which happens on occasion, we know to inform you.


How long is each class?

All of our classes are an hour long.


How many people will there be in each class?

In order to ensure safety and the best results for our clients, our classes are limited to 10 participants in West Hampstead and 12 in Queen’s Park.


What should I wear and bring to class?

Getting your joints and spine into the best possible alignment before moving is a key aspect of Pilates, therefore it is important that your teacher is able to see the position of your body. For this reason, it is helpful to wear comfortable clothes that aren’t though too loose – something you’re able to move and stretch in. It’s helpful to have a warm layer of clothing as you warm up and down. You will work barefoot or with socks and non-slip socks with a sole grip can be useful if you have them.

Mats are provided at our West Hampstead venue. Clients bring their own mats to Queen’s Park. All other equipment is provided at both locations.


What is your cancellation policy?

We operate a strict 12 hour cancellation policy on all group class bookings and 24 hours on private lessons and corporate classes. There are no exceptions to this in order to make it fair for all.


How often should I practice Pilates?

Doing Pilates once a week really is the bare minimum. Research shows that regular exercise is needed for good health and well-being and we’ve found that the magic number seems to be 3 times per week, interspersed with other activities. This can be achieved through a combinations of group classes (see our ‘8 classes within 4 weeks’ class pass), private lessons, a corporate class at your work and practice at home. Talk to us about how to get the most out of your Pilates practice and we can advise according to your requirements.


Which class pass should I buy?

Each class pass come with it’s own validity period therefore it’s important to select a pass that you will be able to complete within that time and one that best fits with your lifestyle. These validity periods are there to encourage you to get the most out of your practice. It really is important to do Pilates regularly in order to reap the rewards. View our class passes here.


My class pass is about to expire. Can I renew it?

Extensions to class passes are now available and can be bought for £5 for an extra 2 weeks on our prices page.