General Studio FAQ

Do I need to sign up for classes in advance?

For pilates advance sign up is required. And a strict 24 hour cancellation policy is enforced. For yoga we highly encourage advance sign up as that is the only way we can guarantee you a space in class. All peak hours class (week nights and weekend mornings) tend to fill to maximum capacity. For yoga classes there is a 2 hour cancellation policy.

Do I need to cancel myself out of class if I unable to make it?

Yes! For pilates, we enforce a strict, no exceptions 24 hour cancellation policy as class is limited to 6. For yoga you must cancel yourself out of class prior to the start of class. The best way to cancel your class reservation is to do it yourself online via MBO. If for any reason you are unable to log onto MBO, you may email [email protected] to cancel.

What should I wear to class?

For both yoga and pilates we recommend that you wear stretchy pants or shorts that allow for free range of motion. Sweat absorbing material is good though not necessary.

What should I bring for class?

Your favorite re-fillable water bottle (*we have a filtrated water dispenser and offer Boxed Water for $2)
A sweat towel (we do NOT provide complimentary towel service however we do rent Pad sweat towels for $2)
A yoga mat (or you may pay $2 for mat rental )

What if I arrive late?

We want you to take class! It is best if you leave enough time to arrive a few minutes prior to the start of class, however, on the rare occasion that you come late, please just enter class quietly and respectfully. For your own safety we recommend not coming to class more than 10 minutes past the class start time.

What are rules around cell phone usage at The Pad?

We ask that you turn your cell phone to silent, and if you have an important call to please take it outside the studio as to not disturb the other clientele.

Yoga FAQ

Is the studio heated?

Yes! The yoga studio is warmed to 80 degrees. Our radiant heating system is overhead and evenly disperses warmth with cleaner humidity levels than a regular heater.

What if I need to leave early?

Life happens! If you need to leave early that is absolutely fine, but we ask you to please leave quietly 10 minutes prior to class end, before savasana (the blissful meditation at the end of class), as to not disrupt the other client’s experiences.

Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?

If you are not a high risk pregnancy, absolutely! We do offer special prenatal classes designed specifically to serve pregnant women throughout your pregnancy. Please let the instructor know you are pregnant if you do participate in a regular class so that he or she can help you learn to modify various contraindicatory poses. Yoga is excellent for birth preparation and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Can I bring my child to yoga class?

If your child is between the ages of 10-18 you are welcome to bring your tween/teenager for a drop-in rate of $10!

Pilates FAQ

What is Pilates on the reformer? 

Pilates on the reformer just means that you’ll be practicing on a machine. The Reformer is one of the machines invented to both facilitate ease of movement, as well as increase the challenge of the exercises. The reformer makes for a fun and interactive workout experience.

Can I do group Pilates if I have never done it before?

We recommend that clients take at least 3 private lessons before joining group classes. This is to get familiar with the machine, other equipment, the breathing and the movements.

What do I wear?

Comfortable, form-fitting clothing is perfect for Pilates. Instructors need to see your posture and body position, so loose fitting clothes are not recommended, but wear whatever is most comfortable for you!

Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

Yes! Pilates is an excellent form of exercise for pregnant women, which is why we offer weekly prenatal pilates classes.  Unlike our Power Yoga classes, regular Power Pilates classes are not suitable for pregnant clients, and pregnant clients may not register for these classes.  Our prenatal classes are created to focus on the muscles that both support the changing pregnant belly, as well as those muscles that will help facilitate a speedy recovery after delivery. Regular classes are not geared towards pregnancy and many of the exercise choices will be contraindicated for pregnant women.

Can I continue my regular group Pilates classes if I am pregnant?

No.  We have specially designed prenatal Pilates group classes, which you are welcome to attend.  Our regular Power Pilates classes, Jump Board classes, Bootcamp classes and Mixed Machine classes are not appropriate for the changing pregnant body.  Our prenatal classes are created to focus on the muscles that both support the changing pregnant body, as well as those muscles that will help facilitate a speedy recovery after delivery.

Can I bring my child to Pilates? 

While we do love children, we ask that you refrain from bringing your child to the studio; in order to maintain total safety and the high level client experience we aim to provide.

What is Power Pilates?

Power Pilates an athletic West Coast approach to classical reformer pilates repertoire. Each class you attend will deliver a powerful workout in a safe and beautiful environment, with high quality and attentive instruction. No two classes will ever be the same, and you will always be ensured a great workout.

Can I do Pilates if I have multiple injuries?

Pilates is an excellent rehabilitative exercise. However, depending on the severity of the injury, or the stage of your recovery, group classes will not be appropriate. It will be far more beneficial and in some cases requisite to work one-on-one with an instructor in a private setting so he or she can focus on the specific areas in need of  rehabilitation.

Will Pilates bulk me?

Pilates will not bulk you. One of the philosophies behind Pilates is to exercise the muscles at their longest and weakest points, which will lengthen while strengthening your muscles.

Is Pilates a cardio workout?

Our regular Power Pilates classes are not cardio workouts, so we recommend fitting cardio into your weekly exercise schedule. However Jump Board classes are an excellent way to combine cardio with Pilates. Check out our schedule for days and times of Jump Board classes.