Frequently Asked Questions
You'll be taught a series of exercises which you practice from a floor based mat. Some exercises will be standing, others will be laying down on the mat in one of several start positions. Pilates involve multiple repetitions of an exercise, before moving onto a new exercise. Beginners exercises are kept simple, Intermediate and Advanced exercises can involve complex choreography requiring a high degree of control and coordination. Sometimes we incorporate small equipment such as bands, balls and foam rollers. Our Mat classes are split into levels for you to practice at a level suitable for your experience and ability: Mat 1, Mat 2 and Open Level. See Class Types for more information.
Our Tower classes are taught on our custom designed wall towers. They incorporate the functionality of a traditional Pilates Half-Cadillac (or Trapeze table) complete with a push-through bar, rolldown bar and eyelet attachments for a multitude of exercises using springs to add resistance, load and challenge. A Tower is basically a half-cadillac but wall mounted for space saving benefits, making it possible to use for group sessions where space may be limited. Many exercises performed on a Reformer are also taught on the Tower, plus a whole lot more! The ladder and pull-up bar addition allows for suspension climbing and hanging-based functional training. See About our Wall Tower for more info.
Sessions are run as a series of short 4 week courses on Wednesday mornings. Each client will use a different piece of equipment or large apparatus and work independently, but under the close supervision of a teacher. The sessions provide an accessible alternative to private 1:1 sessions. You can expect to use the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector or Ladder Barrel and the Tower, as well as mat exercises incorporating small and large balls, bands, toning circles and other small equipment. Clients new to Studio Equipment are advised to book at least one Private Session (1:1) first (intro rates available) or attend a few of our group Tower classes
The studio is equipped with a Balanced Body Allegro 1 Reformer, for use in both Private (1:1) Sessions and our Studio Equipment Sessions, in conjunction with the Tower, Chair and Barrel. Exercises taught on the Reformer will be tailored to you and your needs. We've chosen to offer Wall Tower Classes instead of group reformer sessions. The Tower offers a similar, if not wider repertoire of Pilates and Pilates-based exercises with the added possibility of upper body assisted and unassisted strength training. They also allow the studio space to be used for mat classes too.
We're situated at Victoria Park Harriers on the very the north-east corner of Victoria Park, Hackney, E9 5EG. It's a big old building and was once a school house. The premises are accessed from Cadogan Terrace next to the traffic lights - please note the gate direct from the park itself is usually locked. Once you've entered the gate from Cadogan Terrace, walk past the main building to the left (the clubhouse) and you'll see the annexe in front of you. The Pilates studio is upstairs and can be accessed via the external stairs, starting immediately left to the grey double doors
We have a no-shoes policy in the studio, unless they are dedicated indoor (and clean) training shoes. You won't need shoes for Pilates sessions; socks or bare feet are fine. Please bring clean socks for Tower classes and Studio/Private Sessions as you'll be using the large equipment - grippy soled socks are ideal. Clothes you can move freely in such as leggings, shorts or tracksuit bottoms are best. You might wish to wear a longer sleeved top on top of a short sleeved top you can remove once warmed up, or during the colder months. Please arrive changed and ready to exercise if you can. There is a toilet in the studio itself and larger changing facilities in the main clubhouse
Ordinarily we provide mats for use in the studio. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that you kindly bring your own mat with you. Any equipment used in class will need to be sprayed with our disinfectant after use. There is a kitchen sink to re-fill water bottles with tap water if you bring a bottle with you
All classes must be booked online and in advance of a session starting. New clients may book a one-off Taster Session for group Mat and Tower classes at a reduced price, before committing to a larger Class Pack or whole term booking. Other than Taster sessions, We don't sell single sessions for group classes as it limits progression of a group practicing regularly together when some clients attend only sporadically. For best results, Pilates needs to be practiced regularly, ideally once or twice a week
All Class Packs are flexible; when you attend is up to you, as long as you register for sessions in advance and use all of your credits/sessions before the expiry date. For instance if you bought a Term Class Pack (lasting the entire term) to attend weekly, you can attend two classes one week and none the next, if you wanted to. This is why we allow you to manage your own bookings by registering for individual classes, up to the limit of your class pack. This said, we recommend attending regularly for best results and attending the same class each week if you can
Please go to our "How to Book" page under the Classes drop-down, next to Home on the toolbar . If this doesn't make sense, please just email us and we're only too happy to help!
Please don't hesitate to ask! We're a small, friendly and unintimidating set-up who have been providing Pilates to the Hackney community since 2013. Our clients come in all shapes and sizes, from the very sporty to the less so. Everybody is welcome!