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FAQ

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Why is it called Speakeasy Pilates?

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Because the studio is housed in a former gambling den in the way back of Center of Gravity Yoga Studio. Owner Jessie Knadler is also an author and former magazine editor so words, verbal communication and the ability to "speak easy" when cuing is important. 

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What's your general schedule?

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As of November 2023, we have group classes:

 

• Tuesday through Friday 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.

• Monday and Wednesday 5 p.m. (beginning December 2023)

• Saturday 10 a.m. (If the 10 a.m. books, we try to add another 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. slot.)

We hope to add more classes in 2024! Group classes are booked online. Private instruction available on request. 

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What should I wear?

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Yoga pants, sweat pants or biking shorts. Regular shorts are not recommended. Sweaty hands and feet are common so weight lifting/grip gloves and grip socks are recommended. 

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How often should I do Reformer?

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In an ideal world, three times a week is the sweet spot. In the real world, once a week can be a fantastic complement to other types of fitness you may do (yoga, running, golfing, dancing, walking, boxing, etc).

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What’s your late policy?

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Classes begin and end on time regardless of the time the client arrives. 

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What is your cancellation policy?

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We ask that clients cancel a minimum of 12 hours beforehand to avoid being charged in full for the class.

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Why are classes 50 minutes, not an hour?

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We need time to set up and clean for the next session, and we find that most clients are wiped out after 50 minutes anyway.

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Can I get a refund on my purchase or share a package with a friend?

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No, sorry, all sales final—no refunds, exchanges or transfers.

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What do I do if my package of classes expired before I was able to use them all? 

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The unused balance transfers to the Drop-In rate ($100 for a Private, $35 for a single Small Group) and can be used only by the person who purchased it (no transfer or exchanges, see above). Any remaining balance owed to the studio has to be settled prior to taking the Drop-In class. Such transfers are scheduled through the studio directly, not through our online booking platform.

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Why do you charge what you charge? 

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Jessie has been teaching Pilates for sixteen years and comes to the practice with a wealth of experience, training, wisdom and knowledge. She only works with outside teachers who have received formal Pilates training and are dedicated to continued improving and learning. We only use top-of-the-line equipment. Merrithew Reformers are made of leather and steel, and are considered the Rolls Royces of Reformers!  

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What group classes does Speakeasy offer?

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Right now, we offer 50-minute Fundamental Reformer and Intermediate Reformer classes. We teach according to who shows up. Classes are always changing. Programming never gets stale. We incorporate the Pilates Chair, the Tower, Jumpboards and small props into workouts. We aim to give our clients an experience as well as a killer workout. 

Fundamental Reformer is geared toward newer clients, people unfamiliar with the Pilates method or those dealing with physical limitations. It's also great for more experienced clients who want a refresher in Reformer basics. It's recommended newbies take a minimum of four Fundamental sessions before advancing to the Intermediate level. 

Intermediate Reformer moves at a quicker pace, involves a lot more coordination, flexibility and strength and assumes familiarity with the equipment and instructor cuing. Not recommended for those brand new to Pilates Reformer.

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I have never done Reformer, should I take a Private session first?

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Private Sessions are recommended since it’s truly the best way to learn Pilates equipment specific to one's own body and limitations, but we understand Privates are not in everyone’s budget. Fundamental Reformer classes, booked as part of a Small Group Session, are a fine substitute. Our instructors are used to teaching to a variety of skill levels. 

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I don’t understand how to book classes online. Can you help me?

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What kind of equipment does Speakeasy use?

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The Rolls Royce of Reformers. We only invest in the best. Speakeasy clients work out on heavy-duty steel and leather Merrithew Reformers. We also have Merrithew Chairs. The Reformers are equipped with towers, jump boards with cross bows and a variety of smaller props: boxes, platform extenders, dowels, stability balls, wrist, ankle and hand weights, fitness circles, Bosu balls and booty bands, not to mention a great sound system.

Group classes are purchased and booked online. Private sessions are purchased online but must be booked by contacting the studio directly at speakeasypilates at gmail dot com. If you have problems with of this, email the aforementioned address and we will get back to you asap. 

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