FAQ

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Why is it called Speakeasy Pilates? 

A

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 to her. 

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What kind of safety precautions are in place due to Covid?

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Bodies on the reformers are spaced 6 feet apart. If clients are vaccinated, they have the option of working out mask-free. Speakeasy instructors are vaccinated with recent booster shots so are not masking up at this time. If a client requests we mask up, we're happy to oblige. We ask that non-vaccinated clients please wear a mask. 

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What classes does Speakeasy offer?

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Right now, we offer Fundamental Reformer, Intermediate Reformer and Tower Power classes.

 

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 those brand new to the Reformer 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 open to those brand new to Pilates Reformer.

Tower Power is a strength training class featuring the Tower, which is a vertical structure attached to one end of the Reformer equipped with springs of varying tension. Rooted in Mat Pilates, there is greater emphasis on core conditioning but with arms and legs under load. Fantastic for beginners, older bodies and intermediate clients. 

Q

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 an acceptable substitute. The class is taught at a slower pace and focuses on the basics. 

Q

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

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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 someone will get back to you. 

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What kind of equipment does The Speakeasy use?

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Only the best. Clients work out on heavy-duty steel and leather STOTT Pilates Reformers equipped with Towers, Pilates Chair, Jump Boards with Cross Bows and a variety of smaller props: boxes, platform extenders, dowels, Toney-bands for the wrists and ankles, hand weights, fitness circles, Bosu balls and booty bands, not to mention a great sound system.

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Do I have to be flexible or already in shape to do Reformer?

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Nope. You can be a professional chair sitter and reap major benefits from the Reformer. Our Fundamental Reformer classes are designed specifically for this type of client. 

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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 in Reformer class so weight lifting/grip gloves and grip socks are highly 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).

Q

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 try to be accommodating because we understand that life can get in the way of working out, but we ask that clients cancel a minimum of 12 hours beforehand to avoid being charged in full for the class.

Q

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.

Q

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.

Q

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 ($75 for a Private, $36 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.