What is Pilates?
Pilates is a “whole body” approach to physical fitness that is designed to flatten your abs, shape your buttocks and legs, increase your strength and endurance, invigorate your mind, enlighten your spirit, and improve your posture, balance and coordination.
What is a Barre class?
Barre is a full-body, high energy class that integrates elements of Pilates, Yoga, dance, cardio and strength training.
Is Pilates for me?
Pilates is suitable for virtually all ages, lifestyles, body types and fitness levels. In fact, the great thing about Pilates is its versatility and we are happy to customize a program especially for you.
Does Pilates only work your abs?
No – Pilates is a complete body workout. Pilates does focus on improving core strength, but a session also includes many exercises to work the upper and lower body.
What is the difference between Pilates and weight training?
During Pilates, you strengthen and stretch your muscles. In addition, Pilates typically utilizes more muscles in each exercise in comparison to weight training.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates and yoga are the perfect compliments of one another. Both Pilates and yoga are great ways to strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, and reduce stress. Both are also a great way to cross-train and promote a mind-body approach to achieving wellness. Click HERE to learn more about the differences between Pilates and yoga.
What should I wear to Pilates, yoga and/or barre class?
Wear comfortable workout clothes that you can move in. However, you should not wear shoes. Some people feel more comfortable wearing grippy/non-slip socks during class and others prefer bare feet, since this gives you a better grip for some of the exercises. Classes can be taken either in barre feet or with grippy/non-slip socks.
Kindly remove all jewelry before attending a Pilates equipment class, such as Reformer, Tower, and Circuit. Jewelry can damage the equipment.
What should I bring to mat, yoga and/or barre class?
You should bring a water bottle and a Pilates/yoga mat or small towel. We provide all of the necessary equipment and props.
Are cell phones allowed?
Please silence all cell phones during class. Pilates requires full concentration. A good session helps us relax and explore the connection between our mind, body and spirit. Cell phones prevent everyone from achieving the most during each session.
How long are mat, yoga and barre classes?
Most of our Pilates, yoga and barre classes are 55 minutes. Express classes and family classes are 45 minutes.
What if I am new Pilates?
All are welcome! Be sure to notify us if this is your first session and we will help you with the terminology and movements.
Will I lose weight?
Pilates, yoga, and barre classes are a great addition to any weight loss program. Pilates, yoga, and barre classes will not only help you burn calories but strengthen, sculpt and tone your entire body – giving you a longer, leaner silhouette.
What if I have back issues or other injury/disease?
Always notify us of any health issues, injuries or disease so that we can suggest appropriate modifications during class. Pilates is a wonderful way to build core strength, balance and flexibility – all of these are important to helping you achieve your optimal health and well-being. Many people find Pilates to be an excellent choice for preventing or managing back issues, injuries and disease.
Is Pilates safe during pregnancy?
Pilates is simply one of the best and safest exercise programs that a woman can do both during pregnancy and after giving birth. Epiphany Pilates is proud to offer a comprehensive Prenatal & Postnatal Program that includes specially-designed mat classes, barre fitness classes as well as Pilates equipment classes and private/semi-private Pilates training. We strongly encourage existing clients to transition into our Prenatal & Postnatal Program after their first trimester as this is the best way for us to help our prenatal and postnatal clients reach their fitness goals in a safe and effective manner. A signed release from your ob-gyn is required for participation. Visit http://epiphanypilates.com/prenatal-postnatal for additional information regarding our Prenatal & Postnatal program.
Do I need to complete registration forms?
Yes, registration forms must be completed and signed before your participation in our classes and/or private/semi-private sessions. To download the registration forms for our group and equipment classes, click HERE. To download the registration forms for our Prenatal & Postnatal Program, click HERE.
Do you require reservations?
Yes, reservations are required for each group class, equipment class, and private/semi-private session. Clients must reserve their spot one (1) hour before a group or equipment class is scheduled to begin using our online scheduling system or mobile app. Clients must reserve their spot at least 12 hours before a private/semi-private session is scheduled to begin by contacting us via phone (703-204-2200) or email ( email@example.com).
Epiphany Pilates reserves the right to cancel group and equipment classes with fewer than three (3) client reservations. Every effort will be made to contact clients impacted by a cancellation no later than 2 hours before a class is scheduled to begin.
Epiphany Pilates has a 3-hour cancellation policy for group class reservations and a 24-hour cancellation policy for private/semi-private session reservations. Clients who late cancel or “no show” will be given a strike on their account. If a client accumulates three (3) strikes, their account will be blocked. In order to unblock the account, clients will have to contact the studio. For clients with a 5- or 10-class package or private/semi-private Pilates package, each missed class/session due to a late cancel or “no show” will be forfeited. For clients with a basic monthly membership, a $20 penalty will be assessed before the account will be unblocked. For clients with a premium monthly membership, a $35 penalty will be assessed before the account will be unblocked.
How do I download the Epiphany Pilates app?
To download our mobile app, you can find it by searching for ‘Epiphany Pilates’ directly in the Google Play or iTunes app store, or by using these links:
How many participants are allowed in class?
Our classes are limited to 6 participants in equipment classes, 10 participants in mat/yoga classes, 8 participants in suspension classes, and 10-12 participants in barre classes.
Will I get individual attention?
Yes! By limiting the number of participants in each class, we are able to suggest modifications specifically for you and to customize your overall studio experience. Be sure to notify us if you have special needs or injuries, and we can suggest appropriate modifications and use props for assistance during class.
What if I am late to class?
For your own safety and as a courtesy to others, we do not allow clients to join the class who are more than 5 minutes late.
How can I pay?
We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Advanced payment is required to participate in class or schedule a private/semi-private session. All class packages, monthly membership fees, and sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Can monthly memberships be cancelled?
Yes, monthly memberships can be cancelled at any time. However, clients may only enroll in a monthly membership plan once every 6 months. Clients must cancel in writing by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To avoid being charged for the next month, clients must provide at least 48-hours notice. Once monthly membership fees have been processed, the payment is non-refundable.
Memberships may also be suspended at any time as a result of a major illness (i.e. requiring hospitalization), death of a loved one, military deployment, or federal/state TDY. Clients may suspend their monthly membership, once per year, as a result of extended travel. Client must provide a reactivation date at the time of the suspension request. The membership will be automatically reactivated as of this date. Suspension requests must be made in writing by sending an email to email@example.com. The benefit of suspending a membership is that it maintains a client’s current monthly rate, as those do increase over time.
What is the studio’s inclement weather policy?
In the event of inclement weather, Epiphany Pilates will send out an email notification to announce studio closings and class cancellations. In addition, we will call (or text) everyone who has a reservation that is impacted by the studio closing. We want everyone to stay healthy, happy and safe!