You may find the answers to some FAQs that I get helpful. For a detailed description on what Pilates and Barre is all about check out Benefit for You. If you can't find what you are looking for drop me a line at and I will get back to you.  

Q: Who is Pilates for?
All the moves in Pilates can be modified to match ability - to either increase or decrease their challenge. As a result, regardless of age, ability or fitness level Pilates is suitable for all - see Pilates something for every body. Beginners welcome - no experience needed – just bring the body you have.  All equipment supplied.

Q: Do I have to be fit or flexible to join a class?
Just bring the body you have – whatever your fitness or flexibility level, Pilates will help increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance which can help restore the body's normal postural alignment, and buildcore strength and muscle balance.

Q: What if I have a health condition?
If you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury, it is strongly advised that you speak with your GP before starting or continuing with Pilates or Barre. The exercises we do in class can all be modified to take account of yourability. Please keep me up to date with any health issues that may affect your safe participation in your class.

Q: Can Pilates help reduce back pain?
There is some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain. See Pilates has your back. It is strongly advised that anyone with back pain speaks with their GP before starting or continuing with Pilates. A Pilates teacher is not medically qualified and is not in a position to be able to prescribe, treat or offer therapy. 

Q: Will Pilates help me lose weight?
It is a lovely thought – but unfortunately the answer is no. It will however increase your flexibility, strengthen and lengthen your body. As a result your exercising will be stronger. Your body will also look long, lean and toned. With a stronger core and improved flexibility your posture will be better, and your risk of injury is reduced. Pilates will also energise you which will enable you to engage in other activities. For more see Benefit for you.

Q: What should I wear?
Best to wear clothes you can easily move in - leggings and t shirt are the most popular choices. You can choose to wear socks or just workout in your bare feet. If you wear socks, you may find it really helpful to use the ones with little gel dots on the bottom - they will help with grip. For Barre - it can get a little sweaty, so a small towel may be useful. You may also find Preparing for your first Class helpful.

Q: What if I can't make my usual class - can I join another class, or another venue?
Sure – just text me a couple of hours beforehand to ensure there is space and also that I will have enough equipment when you get there. You'll find a wide selection of classes and venue to choose from - see Class Times.

Q: What will my class be like?
All classes at Pilates Donegal are friendly and welcoming – whether it is your 1st class or your 100th class. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and have a good workout experience. You can expect limited class sizes and demonstration of all the moves – with options given to make things more manageable or to add challenge depending on your fitness/ability. 

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Q: Can I continue with my other fitness classes and still do Pilates?
Sure. You’ll find that Pilates will complement you usually fitness classes or routines. You are likely to find that Pilates will strengthen you and improve your walking, swimming, cycling, running, golf, surfing, horseriding, football, GAA, rugby, surfing and racquet sports. It will also make you sleep sounder.

Q: Can I do Pilates every day?
Sure! Ideally aim for at least 10 minutes every day and a couple of longer sessions in the week. However, listen to your body – rest when you need. For more see Can I do Pilates every day?

Q: What type of Pilates do I teach?
I teach contemporary Pilates – which has an emphasis on neutral spine.

Q: How many classes do I need to take before I feel the benefit?
You should feel an immediate difference to your outlook and energy levels after your first couple of classes – and as you continue, in “10 sessions - you will feel the difference, 20 sessions - you will see the difference, and after 30 sessions – you will have a new body!”Joseph Pilates

Q: Should I do Pilates or Yoga?
While the methods are different, Pilates
 and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. 

Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although Yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga. To help you decide which one is best for you try both!