We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but habit.  –Aristotle

Frequently Asked Questions                                                                                              


How long will it take for me to see results?

'In 10 sessions you will feel a difference; in 20 sessions you will see a difference; and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.'

Joseph Pilates made this now-famous 'Pilates promise' after repeatedly witnessing the dramatic results his own clients experienced when working with him consistently on a daily basis. Although daily Pilates may not be practical for most people, you can still achieve breakthrough results by establishing consistency in your workouts. From your very first private session, our instructors will give you detailed instruction that facilitates your safe transition from private sessions to more affordable duets and semi-privates and making more frequent workouts (ideally two to three times a week) possible. By working with you to determine the right balance of Pilates reformer sessions and Pilates mat classes that will accommodate your goals, budget, and lifestyle, Novi Pilates Studio makes it possible for clients to quickly feel the difference, gradually see the difference, and eventually experience 'a whole new body' and reap the promise of Pilates.

What can I expect during my first private session?

Most new clients can expect a 50-minute session beginning on the Mat or Reformer. Your instructor will verbally guide you through a series of foundational Pilates exercises helping you achieve safe and stable movement.

What if I don't feel like I'm doing it 'right'?

At Novi Pilates Studio there is no pressure to 'do it right' and, like any new practice, Pilates takes varying numbers of sessions to 'get it,' though clients immediately reap the benefits simply by moving through the exercises. Your range of motion and ability to approach the ideal versions of the exercises will improve over time as you progress. Most important, Pilates is not about performance – how high, how big, or how beautiful. It is about executing the exercises with mindful intent to improve function and strength.

How will Pilates address my fitness needs and goals?

We are all subject to gravitational forces on our spinal columns. When the muscles that support our spines are weak or tight, our bodies compensate by unevenly distributing those forces placing added stress on our bones, joints and soft tissues. We experience this stress as tightness, stiffness, soreness, and pain. Pilates addresses the needs of all bodies through a group of foundational exercises that strengthen the core musculature that support the spine and pelvis.

Yet while every 'body' is alike in its basic functioning, no two bodies are structurally alike, nor do any two bodies have the same history of movement, stress, injury, and weakness. At Novi Pilates Studio we address these differences both by modifying the foundational exercises and also by incorporating specially-chosen exercises into your workout that address your individual needs.  In this way, individualized instruction can still be achieved in groups as several clients executing the same progression of the same exercises can experience completely different workouts.