tel: 07484 605874
I am a fully qualified Level 3 Pilates Instructor and now run mixed ability classes in Watlington and Thame.
My current classes in Watlington run on Mondays, 9:30-10:30 and 20:20-21:15. The intention is to run classes throughout the year in blocks of either 6 or 7 weeks, generally following school term dates. Classes will still run as one-offs in the school holidays if there is demand for them.
I can also provide 1:1 Pilates tuition which would be charged at the same rates as for my Personal Training sessions.
I also hold a specialist qualification in pre & postnatal exercise so welcome anybody currently pregnant or who has recently had a baby once signed off by their Doctor at the 8w postnatal check.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Pilates?
Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. A Pilates class generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance, focusing on proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and mobility.
Do I have to book for a full block?
I am setting up classes in blocks for various reasons but mainly because I’d like to keep class sizes small to ensure everyone gets the attention they require. However, I do understand that sometimes life gets in the way and it is not always possible to attend 6 or 7 weeks in a row. I will therefore always try to offer a degree of flexibility with block bookings so if there are any classes in the block that you are unable to attend then let me know when booking and a discount will be applied so you only pay for a smaller block. As a general rule, it would be difficult to keep a space open if any less than 2 classes are missed in a block but this will be subject to availability / demand.
Block booking prices:
7 week block - £55
6 week block - £50
5 week block - £43
4 week block - £35
If there remains spaces available in classes that have not been block booked then these will be offered to anyone expressing an interest in a taster / one-off session. Cost of a one-off session is £9.
What if the class I wish to attend is fully booked?
First refusal will always be given to those clients currently attending a block, therefore unfortunately some classes may be fully booked when you enquire. If required, I will be operating a waiting list on a first come, first served basis and will contact you as soon as a place becomes available in your chosen class. If you are no longer able to attend this class I’d ask that you let me know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to the next person on the waiting list.
How do I pay for my booking?
Classes are to be paid for as a block and in advance. Payment can be paid in cash at the first class or by bank transfer in advance.
Do I need to bring anything?
It’s always a good idea to bring some water. Everything else will be provided, although some people prefer to bring their own mat and a little towel to rest their head on.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable, close fitting clothes that allow free movement. Pilates is practiced barefoot or in socks.
I’ve never done it before – does this matter?
Not at all. Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.
Who is Pilates for?
Everyone! Minimum age to join classes is 16, no maximum age!
If you have an underlying medical issue then it may be necessary for you to check with your doctor prior to starting Pilates but this will be flagged up in my pre-exercise questionnaire that everyone must complete prior to starting classes.
Can men do Pilates?
Absolutely! Pilates was originally developed in the early 20th century by a man who was a boxer and gymnast named Joseph Pilates. The method was created to train athletes and recovering soldiers and everyone can benefit from Pilates. Many professional athletes practice Pilates from rugby players, footballers to tennis players and runners.
I already exercise, so why should I do Pilates?
Pilates will complement your existing workouts and could improve your performance. Regular Pilates practice can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes Pilates complements training by developing whole body strength and flexibility, and helps reduce the risk of injury.
How many people will be in the class?
Absolutely no more than 12 and often fewer. Small class groups mean everyone gets individual attention and exercises can be adapted to suit different members of class.
I’m not sure about exercising in a group
Pilates classes are far less intimidating than many group exercise classes and each person works to their own capabilities. Pilates really focuses on using control, precision and breathing through movement so everyone really does work through the exercises at their own pace. Modifications, adaptations and progressions are available for each exercise to ensure everyone has a good and effective class.
Are there changing facilities?
All venues have toilet facilities where you can change if necessary.
I am an employer and interested in providing health & wellbeing sessions for staff at our place of work
I completely understand that healthy and well motivated employees can have a positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business. Christy King Fitness therefore offers Pilates and / or health check sessions to businesses. This can help prevent health problems such as mental health and musculoskeletal disorders and promote wellbeing at work. To discuss options please contact me directly at Christy@christykingfitness.co.uk