We recommend comfortable or stretchy sportswear and most clients prefer bare feet. However, if you prefer to wear socks, please bring a pair. We have lovely changing and showering facilities with towels for hire. At your first session, please arrive 10 minutes early to complete a health questionnaire.
For many, these six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique
- concentration – brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained.
- control – movement is done with complete muscular control.
- precision – body awareness is sustained throughout each movement, appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts.
- breathing – pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of the movement.
- centering – physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Pilates exercises are sourced from center.
- flow – the flow of movement brings better concentration, control, breath, precision and requires centering. The Reformer machines are very good mirrors of flow and concentration as they tend to bang around and suddenly become “machine-like” if one loses ones control and flow.
- challenge – reformer pilates aim to challenge body and mind with each controlled movement connected to the breath.
- pace – slow controlled movement to improve form and maximise the time muscle remains under tension.
Joseph Pilates was originally a gymnast, diver, and bodybuilder, but when he moved to England in 1912, he earned a living as a professional boxer, circus-performer, and self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. Nevertheless, the British authorities interned him during World War I along with other German citizens in an internment camp, first in Lancaster Castle where he taught wrestling and self-defence, boasting that his students would emerge stronger than they were before their internment. It was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became “Contrology”. He was then transferred to another internment camp on the Isle of Man. During this involuntary break, he began to intensively develop his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which he himself called “Contrology.” He studied yoga and the movements of animals and trained his fellow inmates in fitness and exercises. It is said that these inmates survived the 1918 flu pandemic due to their good physical shape. Read more on Wikipedia
We use the Pilates machine called the reformer designed by Joseph Pilates — this consists of a carriage in a rectangular platform. The carriage connects to springs; pulleys and ropes are attached to the frame. A person using the Pilates Reformer uses his or her own resistance in addition to the resistance provided by the machine’s springs in order to tone the powerhouse. Essentially, a reformer looks like a platform bed with resistance cords at the ends.
This allows us to offer a safe and effective full body workout using a wide range of pilates exercises.
Since opening our hip, New York loft-style studio around the corner from Broadway Market, Tempo Pilates has succeeded in making calorie-burning, muscle-toning, body-sculpting exercise not just fun – but downright stylish. People don’t just work out at Tempo Pilates, they tweet, post and otherwise brag about it afterwards.
We bring something completely new to London’s fitness scene. Stylish reformer pilates studios instead of dingy back street gyms. Upbeat, contemporary playlists instead of mindless radio stations. Highly motivating instructors rather than aggressive muscle freaks. And most importantly of all: a full-body workout that, instead of dreading, you can’t wait to tell everyone about afterwards. Why shouldn’t keeping fit be as fresh and fun as the other parts of your life?
Numerous professional athletes across a wide range of sports have added flexibility and core strengthening to their existing fitness routines by using Pilates. It reduces the risk of injury, enhances body conditioning and improves performance. In addition, many of our clients find the variety and intensity of our classes to be the perfect toning complement to cardio training.
I am trying to become pregnant: If you are trying to become pregnant, you can attend any Tempo Pilates class. Please inform us (in confidence) once your pregnancy has been confirmed so that we can provide you with the best possible care and advice.
During my pregnancy: During your pregnancy we will advise you to attend our Beginner/Intermediate and/or Contemporary classes with one of our experienced antenatal trainers. Please note that once you reach week 16 of your pregnancy we will require you to attend a one to one session with one of our antenatal qualified trainers (contact the relevant studio for more information), where you will be instructed in the necessary modifications to continue attending our classes.
After I have given birth: After giving birth we advise that you can attend Beginner/Intermediate classes and/or Contemporary classes after 6 weeks post medical clearance.
If I have a caesarean: Should you have a caesarean, we advise that you wait 12 weeks prior to returning to classes post medical clearance.
I am new to Tempo Pilates: If you are pregnant (and reaching your 16th week of pregnancy) and you are new to Tempo Pilates, you will be limited to our personal training sessions and/or Contemporary classes.
All booked classes require 12 hours cancellation notice prior to a class or you will be charged in full.
Classes can be cancelled via your online account , email or call the studio.
Covent Garden WC2, email@example.com – 07563 578 165
Shoreditch E1, firstname.lastname@example.org – 07798 586 925
Hackney E8, email@example.com – 07563 578 165
One-on-one sessions prior to a class are optional but would be useful. Beginner / Intermediate classes are scheduled to help you understand the method and learn the repertoire at a slow pace. If required, please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or book a one-on-one session.
If you are starting Tempo Pilates the Beginner Only class would be a beneficial introduction to the Tempo Pilates method, before embarking on our Tempo Pilates™ – L1 classes. It will teach you our full repertoire in detail over 55 minutes with hands-on tuition from our trainer. However, it is not compulsory before starting classes with us, as all of our Tempo Pilates™ – L1 classes are suitable for those unfamiliar with Pilates, or the Tempo Pilates method.
Depending on fitness levels and ability, we suggest a minimum of two sessions a week to start. As strength and flexibility increase more classes can be added. For best results three times per week is advised.
Classic pilates tends to focus on subtle, slow and controlled movements with low reps. The introduction of Tempo Pilates, however, allows our students to gain all the benefits of classic pilates principles but due to the higher intensity and increase in resistance your heart rate tends to raise more, allowing more calorie burn – between 500-800 calories per session. This technique is ideal for weight loss, increased strength and long lean muscle tone. Results can be seen within ten sessions.
Should you wish to make a complaint, our Management Team would like to hear from you directly. For the purposes of clarity and fairness, to all parties, we do not accept verbal complaints. Please submit your complaint in writing to email@example.com and a member of our Management Team will respond to you directly.
Please be aware that our desk staff and our trainers are not authorised to deal with student complaints and have been instructed, by Management, to refer you as stated above.