Pilates at ABDC FAQ

Chances are, you’ve heard of Pilates...but have you heard of a Pilates reformer? The reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates and is a bed-like frame with a flat platform that rolls back and forth on wheels. "It is an apparatus used as a part of a Pilates exercise session under the direction of an instructor that uses springs for assistance and resistance to achieve proper muscle length and strength in an organized way," says Julie O'Connell, PT, DPT at Athletico Physical Therapy. "The reformer assists the individual in achieving the goals of Pilates...to organize the body’s posture through coordinated movements with an emphasis on control."


Pilates reformer work is low-impact and adaptable to all fitness levels. "It benefits everyone from teenagers to seniors, from elite athletes to people with a more sedentary lifestyle," she says. "Pilates reformer work focuses on core strength and proper muscle engagement which improves athletic performance, back pain, injury recovery, weight loss, balance, and bone density to name a few. It is a movement system designed to better our everyday life."


We've transformed the dressing room into a private Pilates reformer studio, where you can book 30-minute or one-hour sessions with Lexi. With concentrated one-on-one work, she will help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise regimen that aims to strengthen the body with a particular emphasis on core strength. It aims to improve general fitness while improving postural alignment, control, and flexibility.

What is a Reformer?

A reformer is a patented Pilates machine used to perform Pilates exercises that will challenge your strength, stability, and control. The reformer machine is designed so that you can work out lying down, sitting, or standing. It uses springs to create resistance which makes it generally more intense and more dynamic than mat-based Pilates.

Is previous Pilates or fitness experience required before registering for a private session?

No! Pilates private lessons are highly adaptable, and each session will be geared toward your personal fitness level and your specific goals.

Is Pilates safe for people with previous injuries or back pain?

Those who have injuries or back pain should consult with a doctor or physical therapist before starting any new fitness program. Once a diagnosis is given, Pilates can be very effective in assisting with recovery from injury. In fact, many Physical Therapists, Pain Management Specialists, and Sports Medicine Doctors recommend Pilates as an aid in rehabilitation. Its emphasis on core strength, balanced muscle development, and postural stability makes Pilates a great form of exercise for those with back pain or other injuries.

Who is Pilates good for?

The simplest answer is that Pilates is good for virtually EVERY body.

Benefits for Dancers and Athletes: Pilates is documented to improve overall strength and more balanced muscle groups. One can also expect better joint support, pelvic and postural alignment, flexibility, and range of motion. Overall performance quality is enhanced with improved leap height, reaction time, intention of movement, body awareness and fluidity.

Benefits for Seniors: Pilates is low impact and modifiable. It increases strength, flexibility, and endurance. It heightens body awareness, improves balance and helps prevent falls, improves mobility, and aids in pain management.

Benefits for clients seeking injury prevention and/or clients recovering from injury: the Pilates method of conditioning can complement many types of rehabilitation (massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, etc.) Pilates also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment, and balanced muscle development which is critical in getting us to move the way we’re supposed to move to avoid injury.

How do I book my session?

Click HERE to fill out a contact form, and Lexi will reach out to you to schedule your first session!

How should I prepare for my Pilates Session?

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first session to complete your new client paperwork. Be sure to wear comfortable, fitted athletic clothes with hair secured away from the face. Sessions are completed barefoot or in Pilates/Yoga socks with grips on the bottom. Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Please be ready to share your fitness and wellness history and your personal goals. Because these are private sessions it is important for your instructor to know what your main objectives are so they can tailor the lesson plans to your specific needs.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made with more than 24 hours of notice will not be charged. If cancellation notice is given with less than 24 hours of notice, then the client is responsible for 50% of the session fee. If no notice is given, then the client is still responsible for 100% of the session fee.