Frequently Asked Questions
1.Is SIX® Reformer Pilates the same as traditional Reformer Pilates and what is the difference with Mat Pilates?
SIX Reformer Pilates is based on a Reformer Pilates program created by physiotherapists in collaboration with trainers and adds 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 up to "muscle fatigue" rather than a set number of repetitions. In the US and UK this is a very popular and above all safe way to grow beautiful long muscles, to reduce (or even eliminate) back pain and to work on a beautiful posture.
With Pilates on the mat you will generally train less effectively as the body likes to choose the path of least resistance and will compensate with other muscle groups. On the Reformer, your body is forced to use the right muscle groups due to the unstable base, the springs 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 something 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 first book a private session on the reformer. 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 physiotherapistsand osteopaths know how many benefits this way of training gives.
A little warning: once you master the basics and get to know the reformer, you can become slightly addicted to this workout!
3 Will I get enough guidance and attention during group sessions?
Yes absolutely: that is one of the pillars of ZES: small groups and personal attention. The lessons can be in both English if are taught in Dutch, partly depending on the group, something for everyone.
4.Do you have changing rooms and showers and sauna?
Yes, you can store your clothes in lockers and change in the shared changing rooms; SIX is not responsible 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. Furthermore, the shared dressing room has delicious 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 pricing plan. with an expiration date or a subscription (where the prices are a lot lower). Up to you! They can be found on the website under "price plan". The subscriptions can only be purchased in the studio. With your purchased sessions on your account you can check the "time schedule" online and then book and pay for your favorite session online in advance; "pay as you go". If you have the handySIX Appon your phone, booking in advance is even easier. Moreover, you can easily put yourself on the waiting list via the App Fit by Wix when a class is full. There are often spots available, don't worry.
Please note: there is only a limited number of places available for ZES Reformer Pilates, so book on time!
6.I am pregnant or have recently given birth, can I participate?
With a normal pregnancy you can join the Beginners Class ti the second trimester (always check with your midwife first!) After that period some exercises are contra indicated so private sessions are strongly recommended during this period. Please contact ZES in advance to talk things through. 3 to 4 months after delivery you can join reformer pilates again. Also here, it's most important, especially in case of complications, that the gp or midwife has given approval to join again.