Your Questions Answered
What is Pilates?
Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.
How does Lesley Ackland Pilates differ from Pilates?
Each Pilates-based studio is slightly different. Lesley Ackland and her staff teach individually designed programmes
with a commitment to personalising each client's exercise regime. The studio also has a reputation for its remedial
and rehabilitation work.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Lesley Ackland aims to give you the best body you are capable of attaining in relation to your age, fitness level and
What is the difference between equipment and matwork classes?
Individual programmes and rehabilitation are more easily addressed in a fully equipped Pilates studio, where a
combination of mat work and equipment based exercises can be taught. For the best results from Pilates, the
equipment based exercises are essential.
If I have a bad back can I do Pilates?
Yes. Pilates is an excellent form of rehabilitation and prevention from many forms of injuries. More and more health
professionals are referring their patients to Pilates studios for exercise.
Am I too old?
Lesley Ackland Pilates teaches clients well into their 80s.
Can I exercise when pregnant?
Yes. Lesley Ackland Pilates has a proven track record with ante and postnatal clients, but medical agreement is
How experienced are the Lesley Ackland Pilates staff?
The studio has been run by Lesley for nearly 20 years, an experienced teacher and remedial exercise consultant to
the Birmingham Royal Ballet for five years. Her senior staff have taught for the same length of time and come from
professional dance and fitness backgrounds.
How long are the sessions?
Most sessions are 90 minutes long. 60 minute sessions are also available.
How many sessions should I go to a week?
At least two to see results. You should also incorporate mat work exercises at home or in the gym to achieve the
body you desire.
Will I be taught individually?
Each client has an individual programme, so no two people are doing identical exercises, but one teacher will be
supervising several clients.