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Studio FAQ

01

What is a comprehensive equipment class? 

Your complete Pilates workout format includes mat work, work with a reformer or tower, and typically two additional pieces of equipment or props selected by your instructor during your session to address your unique challenges. The combination and inclusion of Joe's original apparatus were designed as a supportive structure for the body to safely and efficiently learn the method and enjoy improved efficacy and progress.

02

How do I purchase a group class?

Check out our downloadable step-by-step guide to purchasing a group class​.

If you are having issues, text 608-609-1987 or email us at purpledoorpilatesmadison@gmail.com with questions! We are here to help. 

03

What to bring to a Pilates class?

Consider bringing a water bottle. You most likely won’t be drinking as much water as you would during an aerobic workout, but you'll still want to have water available and ensure you're well-hydrated before your session.

04

What should I wear to class?

  • Avoid tie-backs and belts. Tie-back tops can be uncomfortable when you're lying on your back. Ties, belts, drawstrings, and tassels can get caught in the springs of Pilates equipment.

  • Eschew embellishments. Choose workout wear that's free of metal or plastic adornments. Zippers, buckles, clasps, buttons, or trimmings can severely damage the upholstered Pilates equipment. Repairs are costly and can cause downtime for the studio.

  • Opt for unscented products. We request that clients refrain from wearing strong scents. Many people are sensitive to perfumes and strongly scented deodorants, lotions, and sprays.

  • Remove accessories or jewelry. Long necklaces, belts, and dangling bracelets can be distracting as well as dangerous if they get caught up in the equipment.

  • Skip shoes. Pilates is usually done barefoot—no fancy footwear is necessary. If you prefer to wear socks, buy a pair with grippy bottoms to ensure your feet don't slip, we have some on hand if need be.

  • Tame your mane. If your hair is long, ensure it's tied back out of your face.

  • Think form-fitting, not baggy. Choose workout clothing that's stretchy and as form-fitting as is personally comfortable.

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