Online classes FAQs

I want to get started with you online so how do I book?

Book online here and choose to either to book a Live classes or to book a Live & Interactive class. Follow the Booking Guidance provided on the booking online page and have your payment details ready.

Whey are there two different booking pages?

There two different formats of class which currently have to be on separate booking schedules because they have different price points and are a different style. I want people to be clear about which type of class they are booking onto and avoid any mix up.
You can book onto classes of each format, you just need to book and pay as two separate transactions.

What type of class delivery is best?

It’s personal preference. If you’ve been doing Pilates a while but would still prefer to have me check you’re doing it right or you want a more immersive and connected experience and want it to be as much like attending a normal class as possible, then the Live & Interactive classes are for you.
You can try one of each style and see which you prefer, or you can mix between both styles.

Will I need any equipment at home?

You’ll need a computer or laptop with a webcam, or a camera activated on your tablet or phone. You’ll need to position and angle your camera so that I can see you standing or in your floor exercise positions. You need to still be able to see me too of course.

You’ll need to have Zoom Cloud Meetings installed on your phone or tablet.  You’ll get an email from me when you book with a link to the class and a password which you use to access the class at the scheduled time. It’s that easy.

With a laptop you just need to click the link in your booking confirmation email and enter the password to log in to the class at the time.

For the exercises, there is often a mix of standing and floor-based exercise in my classes and here is a list of helpful equipment you’ll probably have around the house:

  • an exercise mat or if you don’t have one and you’re working on a hard floor, you can use a folded blanket or a long beach towels or even a duvet.
  • a cushion or kneeling pad for you head and to rest under your knees and bottom when working on all fours and seated.
  • an exercise or resistance band is often helpful for stretching and strength work but if you don’t have one, you can use a long scarf or dressing gown belt just as well.
  • have cold drink to help you stay hydrated during and after the class.
  • wear loose-fitting or comfortable clothing such as jogging bottoms, leggings, shorts so that you can move freely and stretch.
  • a light sweater or jacket can be nice to keep warm during relaxation and it can be used as a helpful support under hips or lower back if needed.

Why are the Back and Joint Care and Core & Cardio HIIT classes on Live & Interactive format only?

For your safety, my Back and Joint Care; and Core & Cardio HIIT classes will be delivered via Live & Interactive format only to begin with. This is so that I can see everyone who is taking part and check in on people with injuries and limiting conditions. And in the more intense class of Core & Cardio HIIT, I want to be able to check everyone is doing the exercises right as heart rate and oxygen levels are significantly increased in this class, it’s really important that I can see what’s going on until I know people are okay with this type of class. I will keep this under review.

The Live classes are cheaper so why should I choose Live & Interactive classes?

The Live classes without teacher interaction may be perfect for you if you are very competent in your Pilates practice and you aren’t worry about slipping into ‘bad habits’, and if you have a lot of self-discipline and are highly motivated. However, if this isn’t quite you and you need more support or that push to do your exercises, then the Live & Interactive classes provide additional support and as number of participant are limited, I can watch you to check you’re doing everything properly. They are the closest experience to being in a local class but with the convenience of being at home with me there with you so you don’t have to travel to class.

Some people have told me that they prefer the Live & Interactive (face-to-face) online class because it means they HAVE to do the exercise. If they didn’t have the teacher watching they’d spend more time either ‘staring at the cobwebs on the ceiling’ or watching the session but not really doing the work and they need the motivation to do the work.

Perhaps try one of each style and see what you think. You can always mix and match between the two styles.

For your safety, my Back and Joint Care; and Core & Cardio HIIT classes will be delivered via Live & Interactive format only to begin with. This is so that I can check in on people with injuries and limiting conditions; and in the more intense class of Core & Cardio HIIT, I want to be able to check everyone is doing the exercises right as there may be more risk of injury in a faster-paced class, and heart rate and oxygen levels are significantly increased in this class so it’s really important that I can see what’s going on until I know people are okay with this type of class. I will keep this under review.

I’m not good with technology and I don’t feel like I’ll be able to book or join online classes…

Please don’t worry if you feel that these online and internet things are daunting or not for you. There’s a video to take you through you how to book, set up your login area, pay for and join your classes. And I’m on hand to help you too. You can always call, message or email me to ask for help or ask one of your more ‘tech-savvy’ family members to help you get set up. Once you’ve done it once, it’s easier.

There are bound to be teething problems as we get started so if it doesn’t work properly at first, it may be that something’s wrong with the system and it’s probably not because you’re doing it wrong! We can sort things out together by you letting me know if something doesn’t seem to be working or asking if you’re not sure what to do next. And I’ll keep you updated if something is being fixed.

I’m worried I won’t be able to do the exercises properly without the teacher there showing me and checking me.

I understand nervousness around this but there’s really nothing to worried about. You know that I always describe the movement and provide very clear visualisations of how to do each exercise properly and how it should feel when you’re doing it right. I will also be demonstrating the exercises fully so you can keep following along. The way I teach means I am very well adapted for online classes and making sure you understand just how you should be moving and feeling, and I’ve had great feedback saying just this from my Facebook classes! Rest assured, it’s tried and tested!

Why should I do these classes online rather just wait for things to get back to normal?

We don’t know for certain how long we are going to be unable to go out and get to local classes, and when we can it’s likely to be a very gradual return and class numbers will be very limited. It could easily be 3-6 months. And as it’s vital to be as healthy as possible anyway, but it’s even more important to work on your health, stamina, strength and metal well-being while the Coronavirus is a threat.

I believe that continuing to do your classes is far too important for your immune system (Pilates improves breathing ability, lung capacity and boosts our immune system), mobility, mood when we’re all stuck at home during an uncertain time and it’s proven that keeping to your established routine wherever possible is good for our mental and physical health.

These classes are easy to book onto and join and a great way to keep you healthy, feeling good and connected to people you’re used to seeing every week.
However, if you don’t want to do classes online with me, of course that’s fine and I understand it’s not for everyone. I’ll keep in touch for when we return to ‘normal’ so you know when your local class is coming back. Please keep in touch with me and let me know how you’re doing.

If you still have any questions, please contact me sarah@perfectlypilates.co.uk

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