Frequently Asked Questions
1 . Is ZES ® Reformer Pilates the same as traditional Reformer Pilates and how is it different from Mat Pilates?
ZES Reformer Pilates is based on a Reformer Pilates program developed by physiotherapists in collaboration with trainers and gives more "spice" to the workout through a constant flow from one exercise to the next, using Fitness Circle and Pilates toning balls for extra challenge and working until "muscle fatigue" instead of a fixed number reps. In the US and UK this is a very popular one and above all a safe way to grow nice long muscles, reduce back pain (or even make it disappear) and to work on a beautiful body posture.
With Pilates on the mat, you will generally train a little less effectively because the body likes to choose the path of least resistance and compensate with other muscle groups. On the Reformer, your body is forced to use the correct muscle groups due to the unstable base, the coils and ropes, "smuggling" is not possible and therefore the results are much better, faster, safer and more targeted. Actually Reformer Pilates is “Pilates 2.0” and the difference between mat and Reformer is comparable to a ride in an average car (on the mat) and a luxury car with more comfort, better performance but also more control and precision (on the Reformer ).
2 . I am a beginner and/or elderly, is ZES Reformer Pilates right for me?
Absolutely, ZES Reformer Pilates is for every level and every age (provided you are healthy and have no specific medical complaints of course). The instructor will guide you extra during this first lesson, "you're in safe hands". If you feel a little too insecure to participate in a beginners session right away, you can of course also book a private session on the reformer first. ZES has experience in training the older age group and "post-rehabilitation", so as long as your doctor or physiotherapist has given you permission to start exercising again, ZES Reformer Pilates is a perfect way to safely work on a strong and healthy body with balanced muscles. Remember: ZES Reformer Pilates has been set up on the basis of a Reformer Pilates program by physiotherapists and for that reason people are often advised to do reformer when they have finished treatment, because physiotherapists know how many benefits this way of training gives.
A little warning: once you've mastered the first principles and get to know the reformer, you can get a little addicted to this workout!
3 Do I get enough guidance and attention during group sessions?
Yes absolutely: that is one of the pillars of ZES: small groups (maximum six), personal attention and professional guidance, partly through collaboration with medical professionals. Lessons are taught in both English and Dutch, depending on the group, so something for everyone.
4 . Do you have changing rooms and showers and sauna?
Yes, in the communal changing rooms you can store your clothes in lockers and change clothes; ZES is not liable for lost or stolen items . If you want to store your belongings in the studio itself, you can safely store your valuables in the lockers in the welcome hall if you arrive in sportswear, for example. The communal changing room also has great showers and a sauna, all part of the Experience at ZES!
5 . What pricing plans and subscriptions does ZES offer and how does payment work?
ZES offers you the option to purchase a price plan with an expiration date or a subscription (where prices are much lower). Up to you! They can be found on the website under "price plan". The subscriptions can only be bought in the studio. With your purchased sessions on your account you can check the "time schedule" online and then select your favourite session and book and pay for a session online in advance; "pay as you go". If you install the handy ZES App on your phone, booking in advance is even easier.
Please note: there are only 6 places available for ZES Reformer Pilates, so book in time or even upfront!
6 . I am pregnant or recently gave birth, can I participate?
Yes, you can participate in all sessions until about your seventh month of a normal pregnancy (always do this in consultation with your doctor or midwife). After the birth you can participate in the reformer sessions again after three to four months. Here too, especially in the event of complications, the doctor or midwife must first have given you permission for these specific sessions. Let's keep it safe!
ZES also offers 1 on 1 sessions for pregnant women and mothers who have just given birth, so that they can focus extra on their special needs and physical capabilities during that period. Please contact ZES beforehand to discuss things.