At Pure Pilates Ilkley we will be delighted to answer any queries you may have should you have any questions we have failed to answer on the website.  Please do not hesitate to call 01943 608244 or email to

I want to arrange classes. Why can't I buy classes or book online?

Everyone attending either a Matwork or Equipment Class, regardless of previous Pilates history, does need a one to one assessment with a teacher prior to booking in. Once this is done, you will be given login details to the online system. This will allow you to book yourself into classes in the Matwork Studio, view your current schedule, buy further classes and passes and also purchase from the client shop. Call or email to arrange your private assessment.

How do I arrange an assessment?

Email with your request and possible days and times you could be available for an assessment, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Or, telephone 01943 608244, if you get the ansaphone, please leave your name, contact number and a short message and we will return your call to arrange. The ansaphone picks up calls when we are teaching.

You have lots of different equipment not seen in Matwork class?

Joseph Pilates designed the equipment (see the pictures and descriptions on our Studio page) to help support as well as challenge the body, through the tension and resistance of springs and ropes. Due to this support, the equipment allows any age, any ability or physical needs to exercise safely and still be challenged, whereas in a Matwork class that is not always the case. Traditionally the equipment would be studied and practised extensively before attempting the Classical Matwork repertoire. Apart from qualification, full certification on the use and application of all equipment and matwork means a minimum of 12 months full time study, and 500-600 hours minimum of supervised teaching experience, and often a movement background. Matwork certification, as it does not require high investment in equipment, is more widely available and less well regulated.

Pilates Machines look like torture devices! 

Some Pilates equipment can look like some kind of medieval torture device, which is ironic because it makes you feel so good after your workout. The most commonly used pieces are the Studio Reformer, the Cadillac or Trapeze, and of course the mat, but there are many other pieces too. (Visit Studio page to see what we have at Pure Pilates) 

 The Studio Reformer is a rectangular frame with four legs and a cushioned mat, or carriage, that slides back and forth on wheels with the resistance of springs and pulleys. 

 The Cadillac is a Trapeze-like table, 26 inches off the floor, and has a canopy from which a Trapeze, springs and pulleys hang. Because it is elevated, it’s for older people if they have trouble getting down on the floor. And there is the mat, where your own body weight and your correct alignment make the exercises fluid, controlled and precise. 

 There are also many additions to all the equipment designed to make it easier for some and more challenging for others, for example, the jump board and the rocker kit for the reformer, and the stability sling and table extender for the Cadillac.

Will my body be sore after a Pilates class?

Feeling sore is a very individual thing. Some people don’t. Pilates is what you put into it, if you really conscientious and making an effort to make every movement count, you will most likely feel something the following day. It also has to do with your athleticism, if you have been sedentary for quite some time, you are probably going to feel it more than someone who is very active. It is all relative.

I am pregnant, can I start classes?

Please see our piece on Pilates and Pregnancy (there is a separate page but the information is also on the Pilates Page). Everyone’s pregnancy is different and you would certainly need to discuss any issues you may have with one of our teachers prior to doing class. This would be covered in your one to one assessment. Many of our clients have continued with Pilates right up to the last days, but this is down to the individual’s health and fitness and is assessed in conjunction with medical advice.

How soon can I start pilates after delivering?

It is advised that you wait at least 6 weeks before recommencing / starting your Pilates exercise after a normal delivery.  To make it easy, after you have discussed it with your doctor or midwife at your 6 week check up. It may obviously be longer after a C-section.

I have had surgery, when can I start classes?

This does depend on the type of surgery you have had, but there is always something you can do to help regain your fitness. It may be that some gentle exercises at home may be appropriate until you have healed properly. Surgeons and GPs do set certain guidelines to exercise after surgery, please do discuss with them as to your fitness to start classes. Pilates is an excellent form of rehabilitation after Orthopaedic Surgery, such as breaks, ligament damage and joint repair / replacement, but seek the advice of your surgeon, as to when best to start.

Is it OK for me to do Pilates, I have Osteoporosis?

There are so many exercises possible in Pilates, particularly with the equipment, that there is always something you can do to modify exercises to suit the various issues and medical problems people might have. As Pilates is very much a ‘gentle on the joint’ exercise it can be very beneficial. Please discuss with your GP prior to booking in. We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have so just drop us an email or give us a call.

How Often should I do class?

Pilates is safe enough to do every day. Initially you may want to do that so you get a rhythm and become consistent. Then a good goal is to do it every other day. Joseph Pilates used to say to do it 3 times a week. Always get homework and practise daily if you can’t do as many classes as you would like to. If you are consistent with it and make that commitment to yourself, you can see a change in your body.