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Suite 1/6-8 Waterloo Street Narrabeen, 2101, NSW AUSTRALIA

Phone: 0402 880 987

What is the difference between Private and Semi Private sessions? 

A private session is an hour spent on your own in the studio with an instructor. This type of session is recommended at the start of your Pilates journey, particularly if you have never been to Pilates before.  A semi-private session is a shared hour for up to three people with an instructor. Although there are other people with you, this is not a group class, as each client will be given exercises from their own specific Pilates program and guided by the instructor.


What equipment is used in the studio?

The Pilates method we teach uses specific equipment which was originally designed by Joseph Pilates:- the Reformer, Wunda Chair, High Barrel and Trapeze Table. With the exception of the barrel, all the equipment uses springs that can assist or resist the movement.  There are also small apparatus that we incorporate into our sessions to challenge proprioception of the exercise such as magic circles, fitness bands, foam roller and exercise balls. Plank is a fully equipped Pilates studio and you’ll get to see and use all of the equipment mentioned above.


What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Together with martial arts, ballet and a few other types of physical exercise, Yoga was one of the inspirations for Joseph Pilates when he created his method. Both Yoga and Pilates place great emphasis on the body & mind connection and also on breathing. However, in Pilates there’s no spiritual focus. In Pilates the focus is movement with precision and great attention is paid to breathe facilitating the core connection. Another difference is the fact that Pilates has its own equipment which can facilitate or add more challenge to the movement. Pilates is also a great form of rehabilitation from injury or surgery.


What should I need to wear?

Pilates is a physical exercise so make sure you wear comfortable exercise clothing and clean socks. We provide all the equipment you need so just bring a bottle of water, a positive attitude and most importantly, a smile.


Can anyone do Pilates?

Pilates is considered a safe exercise method for almost everyone and it is particularly beneficial as a rehabilitation program. However, it’s not only used for this purpose. People looking to improve their fitness level also benefit hugely from Pilates. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular with sports men and women. No matter what your condition is, the sport you practice, your age or your fitness goals; Pilates can work for you.


How often should I do Pilates?

Joseph Pilates wouldn’t teach any student that could not commit to coming at least three times a week. These days, we all have pretty busy lives so this is not always possible. Ideally coming to the studio 2-3 times a week would be great and you will be able to see the results quicker, but if you are only able to commit to coming once a week, you will still benefit from the method.


What to expect on my first visit?

If it’s your first time at Plank, we strongly encourage you to do an Initial Assessment which is a great opportunity to get to know your instructor, the method and the studio. On your first visit you’ll have the opportunity to tell your instructor a bit of your fitness and medical history and together you’ll be able to develop an exercise plan specifically for you. The Initial Assessment is a private session where the instructor will spend time getting to know your body and making sure you understand the Pilates principals.

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