How do I sign up?

Call either our Tucson location (520) 323-7070 or our Oro Valley location at (520) 297-7070. You may also stop by either studio 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. M-F or 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. it is best to make an appointment so we may answer your questions and review your goals.

How do the other movement classes offered at the studio relate to the "core"Fletcher Pilates®?

All of our movement classes are unified in the Pilates' movement principles: awareness, balance, breath, concentration, control, centering, endurance, flowing motion, oppositional energy, precision, rhythm and spirit!

How does the studio design a program specific to my needs?

Before your first session, you will complete an intake form to let us know about your specific body issues and fitness goals. We will work with you to structure a conditioning program based on your physical needs, goals and an in-depth postural assessment. we will recommend private sessions, and/or semi-private coretet sessions most beneficial to your needs. Our teachers can also advise you on the various bodywork options available in our massage department and make recommendations to complement your physical conditioning program.

How long will it take for me to notice changes in my body?

Less time than you might think. In fact, Joseph Pilates claimed that "in ten sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body." However, every body is different. Your dedication to a consistent practice will greatly determine how quickly you will notice positive changes in your body.

How many times a week should I be taking private sessions or group classes?

As in any physical conditioning program, to reap the full benefits, one should be practicing a minimum of 2-3 times/week. This includes Private and COREtet sessions as well as Group Classes. Again, we will be happy to help you design your personal conditioning program.

May I continue to do weights and my other exercise routines?

Yes. In fact the Pilates movement principles can be applied to - and will enhance - virtually any supplemental fitness program or sport you may enjoy.

What is a COREtet?

A COREtet is a group of 4 individuals working together on the Pilates apparatus. This session has the energy of small group class with the personal attention of a semi-private session. Ideally, a series of private sessions should be completed before initiating this program to ensure safety and maximum benefits.

What is Fletcher Pilates®?

Ron Fletcher is recognized as one of only a handful of true master teachers of the Pilates method. The legacy passed onto him by Clara Pilates to continue to develop the Pilates method, along with Fletcher's background in dance and his gift for movement have resulted in an even more comprehensive movement experience: Fletcher Pilates®. His most notable contributions include innovative Fletcher Towelwork®, Fletcher Floorwork® and the percussive breath™ technique. Body Works Pilates™ is the international headquarters for Fletcher Pilates®.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a full-body conditioning program developed by Joseph Pilates over a period of 40 years, begining in the 1920's. It is designed to strengthen the core musculature as it lengthens the body. This dual emphasis leads to a longer, leaner, more flexible, better toned and more evenly developed physique. A complete Fletcher Pilates® involves both mat and equipment work. The Pilates equipment employs spring-based resistance to create muscular strength and tone without building bulk. The focus on breath and properly performed movements leads to improved posture and overall physical balance.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, form-fitting, clothing (leggings, leotards and unitards). This type of dress enables the instructor to more easily see your body and to help you make specific corrections. Looser clothing is also acceptable. No shoes.

What will Fletcher Pilates® do for me?

Fletcher pilates® will balance your body - building strength where you are weak, flexibility where you are tight and stability in your core musculature. A consistent program (2-3 sessions per week) will significantly improve posture and alignment, enhancing stamina, coordination, strength and flexibility.

Will Fletcher Pilates® help me recover from a sports injury?

While nothing can replace competent physical therapy, Pilates can help in the recovery process (and prevent future injuries from occurring) through correcting muscular imbalances and movement patterns. In addition, the central focus on core stabilization can improve performance in all sports activities. Of course the speed and degree of healing depends entirely on the extent and severity of the injury.

Will I be able to perform Fletcher Pilates® exercises with existing injuries?

Because Pilates is low impact and focused on decompression, the movements support your body's joints rather than deteriorating them. Most anyone can perform the basic movements. However, if you've had a serious injury or a recent operation, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.

Will I gain flexibility?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Improving flexibility is one of the principal benefits of a consistent Fletcher Pilates® regimen.

Will I lose weight?

Practicing Fletcher Pilates® provides resistance and will help you burn calories. However Pilates is not considered aerobic until one masters the advanced work. If you are trying to lose weight, we recommend pilates along with aerobic exercise (running, swimming, biking,etc.) - and diet prescribed by your nutritionist - to help burn calories and speed your metabolism.

Will this program flatten and tone my mid-section?

Absolutely! The focus on strengthening and lengthening core musculature inevitably results in flatter, firmer bellies.