“The difference between attending Lesley Ackland’s Pilates Studio and attending a standard pilates class is the difference between buying a suit off the peg and a Savile Row suit. An off the peg suit will be serviceable but it will not be made to measure. A bespoke suit will require a number of fittings and many adjustments but it will fit perfectly and it will last. I keep coming back to Lesley as she has made my body the smartest it can be and I am now confident that it will last a lifetime!”Erica
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 help you achieve your goals based on age, fitness and health conditions.
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 always necessary.
How experienced are the Lesley Ackland Pilates staff?
The studio has been run by Lesley for nearly 28 years, an experienced teacher and remedial exercise consultant to the Birmingham Royal Ballet for five years. Her senior staff have taught for a similar length of time and come from professional dance and fitness backgrounds.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are 90 minutes and 60 minutes long.
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.
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 for added progress.
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.