Frequently Asked questions
WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE IF I'M NEW TO PILATES?
We offer several Beginner classes in Tower Fundamentals.
SHOULD I TAKE A PRIVATE SESSION BEFORE JOINING GROUP CLASSES?
New clients might consider a private session before taking a group class to get acquainted with the equipment and the exercises. Many of our new clients take a private Reformer session before joining class. As a new client, the Reformer is an excellent way to be introduced to Pilates. Nothing beats the one-on-one attention for learning the fundamentals and proper form from the get go.
WHAT IS THE TOWER?
Henry Street Fitness teaches on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates himself, essentially unchanged since the 1930s, called The Tower. The Tower is an elevated mat attached to a series of springs, bars, and handles, which allow you to move the body in any number of directions, up and down, in and out, back to front, and side to side. Think of a trapeze act without the Spandex and altitude.
HOW DO THE REFORMER SESSIONS WORK?
Reformer sessions are one-on-one private sessions using the traditional Reformer equipment. New clients take Reformer sessions to get acquainted with Pilates. Existing clients just can’t get enough of the equipment. As a client with an injury, the Reformer is often used in conjunction with rehabilitation. And as a general rule, the Reformer is kinder on the pregnancy body, enabling you to do more of exercises the farther along you get. You can book an appointment for a Reformer session here.
I'M ON THE WAITLIST. HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Sign up for a class even it is full. The software will out you in the waitlist. If a space opens up you are sent an email that you got in. If you are notified less than 24 hours in advance that you got in and do not come, you are not charged. If you are notified more than 24 hours in advance that you got it and do not come, you will be charged. As a general courtesy it is nice to respond to the email with one of your own about your plans for the class.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? DO I HAVE TO WORK OUT IN BARE FEET?
You should wear comfortable exercise clothing that does not fit too loosely. Yoga pants are a great bet. Tank tops or slim-fitting t-shirts and shorts will work too. Socks are necessary.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INSTRUCTORS?
All our instructors have been certified in Classical Pilates through 500+ hours of training and have been teaching Pilates for at least 5 years. We take our Pilates very seriously. That said, some of our instructors approach class with an emphasis on choreography and flow, while others take time to repeat an exercise for clarity. Some instructors specialize in teaching for those with injuries while others specialize in corrective posture. Read more about our teachers here.