resistance movement fitness faqs

What do I need to bring with me for class?

You should wear fitted workout clothes that will move with you rather than constrict your movement; ideally materials that wick away moisture. A baggy shirt may fall over your face obstructing your view on some exercises. Don’t wear anything with zippers, buttons, or fasteners that may damage the equipment. We recommend bringing a water bottle but we’ll provide the water fountain, fresh towels, and a mat or chair as needed. First-timers must arrive 15 minutes before class starts to meet your instructor and ask any questions.

Do I need shoes for class?

Nope. We are a “sock” studio so check your kicks at the door and get ready to work out in your socks. We recommend grippy socks so your feet don’t slip and slide around the chair, mat or floor. If you forget your socks, you can purchase a pair at the front desk. Regular socks cannot be worn for ResistDance, as a matter of safety.

What if I’ve never taken a Pilates class? Can I still attend one of your classes?

Absolutely! Our programs have been created to encourage everyone, of all levels, to gain exposure to the benefits of Pilates. We’ve tailored our verbal cues to be intuitive, and the exercises within each class are scalable to an individual’s fitness level and experience.

Are men allowed in class, or is it women only?

This is friendly environment open to everyone! We not only welcome, but encourage men to try all of our classes. We also offer Men’s classes. Check our schedule to sign up.

While you’ll often see Brian in your class because he loves these workouts, other well-known men are touting the benefits of Pilates and Yoga infused classes. LeBron James says, “I do Pilates and yoga to stay in front of the curve. I feel like it’s helping me. Does it work for everybody? I don’t know… But it works for me.” Pilates improves your core strength and helps you develop explosive power. It emphasizes elongating the muscles and creating space between the joints, while simultaneously building stability. Need more convincing? Check out this article: “Why These 7 NFL Receivers Do Pilates”.

Do you offer private or small group classes?

We sure do! Private or small group classes are a great way to learn proper technique or to take your training to the next level with exercises that can’t be done in a group setting. In addition, small group classes are a great way to have fun with your friends and family and make great corporate event nights. You can either speak to the instructor of your choice to schedule a time or speak to Trisha, or a studio manager, and they will help you find an instructor and time for your private class.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates can make a great difference in your health without taking a toll on your body. Through our challenging class programs, you’ll learn to move more efficiently through everyday activities while developing a strong core, adding long, lean muscles, increasing your joint mobility and increasing your flexibility, stability and balance.

What if I need to cancel a class?

Plans can change – we get it. But we do request any cancellations be submitted through the website, or by calling the Studio and speaking to a member of staff (no voicemail cancellations allowed), at least 12 hours before your scheduled class.

If you cancel less than 12 hours prior to class, you’ll be charged for that class as if you attended. (I.e. one class will be taken from your class pack) If you have a monthly membership, you will be charged the drop-in price of a class.

What if I am running late? Can I cancel or join the class late?

We care about your safety and well-being. The Studio reserves the right to not check a client who arrives at the Studio 5 minutes or more into the listed start time into a class. While we understand ‘things come up,’ the safety and experience of all of our clients is our priority and the front desk staff will use their discretion on a case-by-case basis. We will make every effort to let you into class, but we don’t want you to jump into class without a proper warm-up. You can get injured and we’d miss you while you’re recovering. If you are late and the Studio staff does not check you into the class, you will still be subject to the late cancellation policy.

Find more information about how to cancel in the previous FAQ tab.

Do you have showers and/or a changing area?

The Studio is furnished with spa-like Women’s and Men’s locker rooms including showers, changing rooms, towels, and high-end bathroom amenities.

How do I sign up for a class?

You can register for a class via our registration portal. You can also call the Studio to chat with one of our instructors about which class you’d like to participate in. You can also sign up through the MINDBODY application from your phone. Or, feel free to just stop by to have a look around the Studio and book a class before you leave – we’d love to meet you!

What if I’m not very flexible? Will the “stretch” components of class be too much?

You don’t have to be “flexible” to participate in any of our classes. We encourage you to do whatever your body can. We’re not trying to create contortionists, we’re trying to move your joints and muscles through their full range of motion to help your body. You will see and feel your flexibility improving as you focus and breathe.

We help you improve your true flexibility by incorporating carefully selected dynamic and static stretching sequences. We carefully prepare your body with mobilization exercises before stretching anything. And for those of you who are contortionists, our equipment helps you deepen your stretch and push your flexibility to extents you have yet to reach.

Do you offer student discounts?

We sure do. We were students once and we remember what student life was like. It’s important for you to take some time to exercise. It helps reduce stress and improves your concentration so you can study.

We offer 10% off of each of the class packs, as well as the recurring monthly-unlimited memberships. It is not valid on the new member offers or used in conjunction with any other promotions we may be running. A valid university student ID card and proof of current enrollment is required (we’ll accept a transcript, a note from your school, a bill or anything on official letterhead).

Can I freeze my class package?

Yes. If you are injured or unexpectedly unable to attend all of your purchased classes in the allotted time, the Studio leadership can provide an extension on a case-by-case basis. We’ll accept a doctor’s note or anything else from a medical professional.

Do I need to bring my own towel or lock for the locker room?

The Studio provides fresh, washed on-site, towels for the shower so there will never be a towel shortage. Hand towels are also available for use during your workout in the classrooms. The lockers in the Studio are equipped with an individualized combination locking system.

If I have injury/illness can I still take a class?

We recommend consulting your doctor or physical therapist to consider if exercise is the best course of treatment for your condition. With that in mind, each exercise in our classes can be modified to accommodate for injuries, illness, or general limitations. We ask that you arrive early and discuss any of the above with your instructor prior to the beginning of class. The Studio reserves the right to not check in a client who appears to be too injured or ill to take a class. We not only care about your safety, but also the safety of others in the class.

I am pregnant. Is it safe to take a class?

While most Pilates, yoga, and dance movements incorporated in our class programs are beneficial for pregnant women, we highly recommend asking your doctor before you take any of our classes. They know what’s best for you and your situation. We can provide options and modifications; we just ask that you arrive early to discuss any modifications with your instructor before class begins.

Why do you use resistance cords?

Incorporating resistance cords is a low impact way to challenge major muscle groups while activating abdominal and other core muscles. Finally, incorporating resistance cords for assisted yoga poses, Pilates’ exercises and dance movements, has opened up amazing possibilities for clients who could never perform these movements before. Imagine balancing on one leg with your heel lifted, your torso parallel to the ground and other leg extended straight behind you parallel to the ground (like an airplane)… Sound impossible? Using the resistance cords for a bit of assistance, the impossible now becomes possible.

Do you accept ClassPass or any other gym share program?

We do accept ClassPass. We hope you’ll love our program so much that after taking your monthly class pass allotment you’ll become a class pack member with our Studio.

How is Stamina and cardio integrated into the classes?

To increase your stamina and endurance, we keep you moving through interval-based cardio blasts and exercises that challenge your core muscles, either as strength, stretch, balance or mobility exercises.

Each class includes exercises that focus primarily on stamina, or incorporates stamina elements in either a strength or stretch exercise. For example, ResistMAT includes mountain climbers, inchworms, plank jacks, and corkscrews with active holds after each exercise. These exercises are not only stamina based exercises, but they are also strength or stretch exercises as well.

I love what you are doing at the Studio! How do I become an instructor or join the staff?

We’re always looking for great group fitness instructors, Pilates and Yoga trained instructors looking for “something different,” and dancers seeking an avenue to transition into a fitness role. Please send your résumé and cover letter to info@resistancemovementfitness.com.