Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for some commonly asked questions. If you have a question that we haven’t addressed here, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

Why attend Studio High Street and not another Fitness studio or gym?

As a boutique movement studio, we offer smaller size classes which allows for individual attention in a group class setting. We are a welcoming, friendly community with classes suitable for both women and men of all ages.

We have selected supportive, fun, friendly and compassionate Instructors here at the Studio who are highly experienced and qualified, offering their attention and expertise to individuals in a small group setting. We enjoy getting to know each of our clients and your specific goals and requirements in order to help you to best achieve great results.

The culture within our Team at the Studio is pride in what we do. We enjoy forever learning, constantly researching various fitness and rehab modalities, investigating exercise science techniques and getting into the nitty gritty of what achieves long lasting results and what does not. Simply put, we are all passionate about what we do and it shows through our standards of teaching!

Our Studio offers only high end, quality equipment in a beautiful ambient environment.

Unlike gyms and other fitness facilities, our classes are one hour duration (instead of the hallmark 45 minutes which reduces to 40 minutes due to COVID requirements). Our pilates and yoga classes include a 5 min window for wipe-down of equipment used and transition from class, which brings the workout time to around 55 minutes.

Our team always welcomes your feedback, requests and suggestions.

How many participants can you fit in a class?

Our boutique class sizes can currently accommodate the following number of participants

Pilates Reformer : 7 participants

Yoga : 10 participants

FAT Burner : 10 participants

Stretch, Mobility, Release: due to the nature of this class we keep it to 6 participants

Barre: 8 participants

OOV Classes : 1o participants

Do I have to become a member to attend classes?

You do not need to be a Member to join any of our classes. We offer Single class pass visits as well as packs (5, 10 or 20).

You might already belong to a gym or have your own routine. Feel free to change up your usual fitness routine by fitting in one of our classes into your schedule!

Do you have membership?

We offer a 12 week (single term) membership which becomes ultra economical for those planning to do 3 or 4 reformer classes per week. Our term pack also includes unlimited mat classes (everything apart from Reformer) and a maximum of 4 reformer classes per week.

Term Packs are discounted when paid in full, and a complimentary week added – meaning you’ll get 13 weeks for the price of 12!

Otherwise the Weekly Autopay feature is the alternate option.

Membership (12 week Term Pack) is suitable for

  • those who would like to do 3 -4 x reformers per week (includes unlimited Other (non-Reformer) classes)
  • those who would like to do more than 4 non-Reformer classes per week

NB: You can pause your Term Pack for school holidays!

 

Why is Pilates Reformer more expensive than mat pilates, yoga and many other group fitness classes?

Originating as rehabilitation equipment for injured patients in hospital, Pilates Reformer became an exercise modality afforded only by elite athletes, dancers and high society which gained cult status originally in New York over 30 years ago. Now, Pilates Reformer is a commonly known modality for achieving ultimate body condition – great strength, fitness, muscle tone and efficiency of movement, as well as still widely used for rehabilitation for dysfunctional movement patterns.

In comparison with Pilates Reformer and other Pilates Studio based equipment, Mat Pilates and yoga classes typically involve a qualified instructor demonstrating exercises in front of a class, while the class participants follow from their own mat, using only their body weight as resistance, or perhaps some props such as a pilates ring or ball or yoga blocks. Many gyms provide mat Pilates and yoga classes to members as part of their membership offering, or as an additional fitness offering. If not incorporated in a standard gym membership, the usual price of a mat or yoga class is usually between $15-$30 per class.

Pilates and yoga can also be offered in a studio, or physiotherapy clinic, using specific Pilates equipment. In this environment, classes are much smaller groups, with the instructor tailoring the exercises to suit each individual. This is like a small group training session with a specifically skilled instructor.  These classes can also be tailored for rehab style classes. The average cost of these classes range from $60 to $150 for a private one-to-one session, and between $30 and $60 for a small group class.

Using the Pilates Reformer machine, the most versatile of the studio based Pilates equipment repertoire, larger group classes are now available at some gyms, small and mid sized studios as well as physiotherapists. Typically these classes are around 45 minutes including wipe down of equipment and transition into next class. Classes range from from 10 to 25 participants, in the gyms and franchise style studios.

At Studio High Street, we specialise in affordable smaller sized group Reformer Pilates and Yoga classes with highly qualified Instructors. We offer one hour classes (which currently includes approx 5 mins to wipe down of equipment and transition out ofrom the studio).

While the cost of a class may be more than the local one size fits all style gym, the superior level of training with individual attention and most of all the results you’ll see at our studio make it very worthwhile.

A qualified Pilates Instructor accredited with the APMA and with Pilates Rehab training has invested as many years as a university degree or more in training, with fees to match.

At our studio you will find the highest of quality Stott Reformers, made in Canada while most other Reformers are of lower quality and made in China.

We hope you enjoy our Pilates Reformer classes here at the Studio, where you will see monumental changes for your body!

How often should I do classes?

Attending 2-3 classes per week will give you benefits – moving with more ease, less aches and pains, improved mood, increased circulatory system and digestion.

The best results from exercise are gained from partaking in exercise daily or atleast about 5 -6 times per week – that’s when you’ll see big changes – toning the body, shedding calories, enhanced intestinal functionality and maintaining a natural high and balanced emotional state.

The more often you move your body,  your mind becomes clearer and with better focus on daily tasks. Check out this TED talk by Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science at The Centre for Neural Science, New York University – about the immediate and longterm benefits of exercising on the brain!

The body thrives on diversity of movement. Pilates Reformer offers this, in addition to the other classes on ourtimetable.  If you have any requests for timetable updates, please feel free to contact the studio.

What exactly is 'yoga'?!

The word ‘yoga’ means to ‘yoke’ or ‘unite’. It originated in ancient India around the 5th century BCE. Yoga was introduced to the western world in the late 19th and early 20th century and became a very popular form of exercise in the 1980’s and as we now know it today.

There is a broad range of yoga practises and schools in both Hinduisim and Buddhism. Among the most popular, is Hatha yoga. In the west all yoga is typically based on ‘hatha’ yoga – which focuses on physical and mental strength building exercises and postures and coordinating these with the breath. The Hatha yoga practice emphasises proper diet, processes to internally purify the body and diaphragmatic breathing during asanas (postures).

Here at the Studio we offer a few forms of yoga, one of our favourites being Japanese or Okido yoga. For more information on these styles of yoga, you can visit our Services page.

I am not flexible. Can I do yoga and pilates?

Yes!

The body is amazing at adapting to whatever it is you subject it to. You do not need to be flexible to start yoga or pilates. By doing yoga and pilates to the best of our abilities, we achieve results. Pilates and Yoga are about working the body to the best of your capability every single moment on the day, and thereby getting results. Through attending regular class, even just 2- 3 times a week you will improve vastly, increasing flexibility and general health & fitness.

Inflexibility can lead to long term side effects such as hip, knee, lower back, neck and shoulder problems. Yoga and Pilates will get you moving those stiff joints again, relieving tight muscles. Relieving tight areas in the body also gets lymph moving through the system for better circulation improving health on a greater level.

 

I am pregnant. Can I join classes in the studio?

Our classes in the studio are not designed for pregnant women. If you become pregnant, please see your GP and let them know the classes you will be attending. Your GP will need to provide a clearance certificate.

We do however run prenatal and postnatal workshops. Please register your interest in a Prenatal Weekend (Sat or Sun) 2 to 4 hour workshop. These workshops will help you with breathing techniques and specific exercises to ease common aches and pains in pregnancy as well as keep you fit and with a great sense of well-being. The Prenatal workshops will teach you how to feel more comfortable and relaxed during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

How is Japanese yoga different to other forms of yoga?

Unlike other forms of yoga, Japanese Yoga incorporates elements from Martial Arts, Traditional Eastern Oriental Medicine (5 Element Theory and the principles of yin & yang) and works with the same meridians as Zen Shiatsu and acupuncture. This means it works with the body at a deeper and more therapeutic level. It works by building energy in the ‘hara’ (lower belly area also diagnostic point in zen shiatsu) and this energy is stimulated around the body via its energetic pathways (the meridians).

It involves the body laying in supine and prone positions on the mat, and combines dynamic strong moves working at muscular level, intertwined with passive holds working at fascia level.

Unlike other forms of yoga,  in Japanese Yoga we work to improve and correct the side which is tighter or that has less range of movement to bring the body into better balance. We also do not repeat the same asanas each class. Classes change according to the time of day and the seasons.

Verbal instruction as much as, if not more than demonstration is given with Japanese yoga, therefore listening skills are important.

It is a mindful practice, being totally present and within yourself whilst achieving physical benefits.

What is macrobiotic cooking & how does it relate to yoga?

The Macrobiotic way of eating was developed and popularised in Japan. It is based on the 5 Element theory and yin & yang from Traditional Eastern Oriental medicine. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Since the diet was developed in Japan, Japanese foods that are thought to be beneficial for health are incorporated in most modern macrobiotic diets.

Japanese yoga is considered by many as their complete ‘health maintenance system’. Part of this healthy lifestyle is to incorporate a macrobiotic diet (or similarly a wholefoods diet) as part of the regime.

The fundamental principles underlying macrobiotic cooking are to eat locally grown foods which are in season, reduce animal protein and to eat in moderation. Incorporating a macrobiotic diet is to result in a more alkaline ph of blood in the body, thereby reducing or eliminating inflammation causing disease.

Check out our Events page for upcoming Workshops on Food Energetics & Macrobiotic Cooking with our Yoga teacher, Kimberly!

What do I wear?

Pilates, Barre, Yoga & Stretch – For hygiene purposes, please wear socks on the Reformer machines at all times. We have a range of women’s and men’s Pilates grip socks for sale in the Studio.

Comfortable active wear is appropriate and ideally leggings so that positioning and form is visible to the instructor. Grip socks for Pilates and Barre. Regular socks preferred for yoga and stretch.

FAT BURNER – wear sneakers and shorts, fitness skorts, capris or long leggings. For women, the minimiser sports bras are often preferred and for Men, wearing bike shorts underneath regular shorts is also a common preference.

 

Do I need to bring anything?

Pilates Reformer: Socks are mandatory on the reformers. Grip socks are more convenient however non-grip socks are fine when using our sticky matting (provided). You may wish to bring a small towel to place on the reformer carriage. We also sell Pilates Eco Hygiene mats by Aussie brand, MoveActive.

Yoga: socks are preferred but optional. BYO yoga towel or bath towel to cover your mat. Yoga mats, straps, blocks and bolsters are supplied, however feel free to BYO if you prefer.

FAT BURNER: Wear sneakers. Bring a water bottle and small towel.

Barre: Wear grip socks and bring a water bottle

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