How are classes at Humani different from other Pilates classes?
At Humani, we do things a little differently. Our highly qualified Pilates instructors teach specific exercises to restructure and re-pattern bodies so they are uniformly strong, functional, and can make lasting physical changes. In designing our classes, we pay special attention proper alignment and body mechanics to support the health of the spine, then we layer on the fun – exciting movements on Pilates machines to give you a full body workout. We specialize in group equipment classes, so every class is created with careful thought and care to give you a complete and exciting workout. We also structure classes by levels, so you can always progress and grow in your practice.
Why do you have different levels, i.e., Machines 1 and Machines 2?
Class levels give you an opportunity to develop both movement skills and confidence, and ensure that you’re always getting stronger and more skilled. Each class level teaches and challenges a different skill so it’s important to learn those skills in a systematic way before moving on to the next level. It’s like practicing scales on an instrument. As the skills become second nature, the body and mind become ready for the next level of challenge!
Who are Humani classes for?
If this sounds a lot like you, you will enjoy Humani:
- you wish you had more time to take care of yourself
- you have a busy life and limited time to workout
- you feel energized and motivated in a group environment, but want to make sure your form is correct and the teacher is there to support you
- you want a workout that is challenging but feels good
- you want to feel re-energized and relaxed after a workout, not drained
If you prefer a one-on-one setting, seriously injured, or constantly in pain, group classes may not be right for you. We’d be happy to talk to you about scheduling a private training session. E-mail us with any questions.
I am a beginner, will I be able to keep up in class?
Yes, you will. If you have never done Pilates on the equipment, we will walk you through everything you need to know in our Machines 101 class. Sign up for this one early because we keep the group small. We’ve watched many students who have never done Pilates comfortably progress, as long as they stayed consistent. We’re confident that between Machines 101, Machines 1 and Machines 2 and 3, you will find a class that suits you.
What can I expect to do in a typical class at Humani?
We offer a variety of classes, so there is no “typical” class. Machines 1 is different from Machines 2 and 3 classes. There are a few things you can expect – you will use a Pilates Reformer, Chair, and a range of other props. You can also expect fresh and new routines, so you’ll never get bored. The class descriptions will tell you everything else you need to know.
Why do we need the fancy machines?
Yes, they’re fancy, but they have a purpose (plus they are a lot of fun). They were created by Joseph Pilates for a reason, so they are not “extras”. Doing Pilates on machines can challenge even the most seasoned Pilates student, or support a beginner – it all depends on how you use them. Machines add an element of strength training, not physically possible on the mat. The best part is that machines give you a great point of reference to track your progress – we won’t go into details about springs, but you’ll see what we’re talking about when you start.
Is Pilates only for women?
Absolutely not! In case you didn’t know, Joseph Pilates was a man – and a really fit man at that. The machines can be a great way to strengthen the entire body in a balanced way while adding flexibility training.
Will I get a cardio workout?
Yes you will, especially in Machines 2. You’ll move from one exercise to the next using transitions, so there are no long breaks between exercises. We also use jumpboards in Machines 2 for an additional cardio element. The more familiar you get with Pilates, the harder you’ll work. Working on Pilates machines is a way to develop total body fitness – and can be especially complimentary for any other endurance sports.
Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Yes, but it depends on what else you do. Because you will work your entire body and move continuously for 50 minutes, you’ll burn calories. In some Machine 2 classes, you will even jump on a Pilates jumpboard. But we believe that losing weight and staying healthy and fit for a lifetime, requires a balanced approach. Paying attention to your diet is important if you want to get the full benefits of woking hard at the studio.
My doctor recommended I do Pilates to help with back pain, will group classes help me?
Pilates keeps the spine healthy, but it depends on your condition. Back pain emerges for a variety of reasons – some can be resolved by Pilates exercises that decompress the spine, while some pain manifests because of a serious condition. If you experience pain in your daily life and unsure whether a group class is right for you, please give us a call or send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to help you find the right plan.
I am still in physical therapy from a serious injury, so are Pilates classes good for me?
It depends. Pilates can be the perfect companion in getting you back on track after an injury, but it really depends on your specific case. First and foremost, be sure to get clearance to workout from your doctor. If you’ve been cleared, give us a call or send us an e-mail and we will help you decide if our group classes are a right fit for you.
Do I have to be a member to join classes?
No. You can sign up for a single class. Monthly memberships are an option and make your life easier, but that’s up to you. We don’t charge enrollment fees, and you can cancel your membership at the end of the billing cycle. We also offer AutoPay with all membership options. We know how busy you are, so we made it as easy as possible to sign up and have one less thing to worry about every month.
How do I get the best results?
Consistency is the key. This goes for any workout, but Pilates works best when you do it consistently. Pilates not only strengthens the superficial muscles, but also the underlying muscles that support your spine, and that takes time. Once or twice a week is a great start, but if you practice consistently you will not only notice a visible change in your body, you will also feel it making a bigger impact in your life than you thought possible.
Can I start tomorrow?
Absolutely, browse our schedule and sign-up.
Can I work one-on-one with a Pilates teacher rather than take classes?
Absolutely! We offer a variety of private training options. You can find all of them here.
I’m trying to register for a class and don’t see a “sign-up” button on the class schedule. Why?
If you don’t see a “sign-up” button on the class schedule, you might be a little early to the Pilates party. Registration for all classes opens two week out. That’s 14 days from today’s date.