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Pilates FAQs

What is Pilates?
  • Pilates is the best and most natural form of exercise there is!
  • Pilates combines stretching, breathing, posture and movement control, using both the mat and specially designed equipment. Our pilates equipment is all spring-based giving your body resistance to work against, meaning that your muscles get lengthened and toned (not bulked up).
  • The exercises are all based on 6 key postural principles to make the exercise more focused. These exercises make the body work in the way that it’s meant to, by increasing core strength, and ensuring that everything you do is initiated from the core.
  • Postural focus (when posture is not right, the muscles can't work correctly; this is when exercise does not work).
Why should I do Suna Pilates?

Suna Pilates is not just about doing exercise to make yourself look good - it's about making a commitment to your long term health and wellness. By doing a form of exercise that is going to help you understand your body more and ensure that it works the way its meant to, you will correct all of those bad posture habits, while enjoying a great full body work out.

And, its not only your body that will get a work out! One of the foundations of Pilates is mind and body co-ordination - so you will leave feeling both mentally and physically refreshed. Our classes are true to the original principles of Pilates; but often higher energy and more dynamic.

  • Pilates works - and works quickly, to get results fast!
  • Pilates is a great full body work out – it increases toning and general fitness really quickly and will make an amazing improvement to your long term health and well being.
  • Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. 
  • Pilates will improve your posture and make good posture automatic instead of an exhausting effort.
  • Pilates will improve your core conditioning, strength and flexibility, complimenting and improving your sporting abilities.
  • Rehab – Pilates is great if you have any issues... bad back, neck tension or headaches etc - because it will train your muscles to work in the correct way and in the correct posture.
  • Increase your cardiovascular fitness with Pilates! We build interval training into all of our classes (woohoo... great for your heart) and exercises can be low or high impact to suit all levels of ability.
  • Stress relief - because Pilates is about mind / body connection you really can’t think of anything else while you are doing a class, so you leave feeling energised and mentally refreshed.
  • It’s fun – with a variety classes and Pilates equipment, in a friendly and relaxed studio environment.
Where is your Pilates Studio?
  • We are based in Takapuna at 1 Barry's Point Road, upstairs above IE Produce, only 10 minutes from the city.
  • Find Suna Pilates studio on Google Maps here.
  • There is a free car park outside and underneath the building – lots of parking available.
What type of Pilates Classes do you do?
  • All our classes are equipment based, fully supervised and directed by an instructor, and are 30 and 45 minutes long.
  • With SunaFit and SunaForm, as well as 'bootcamp style' SunaBlitz classes mean we have a range of pilates classes to suit everyone.
  • Or choose SunaSolo if you prefer one-on-one pilates training sessions.
When do you have classes?
  • Our timetable offers over 45 SunaFit classes and over 35 SunaForm pilates classes per week
  • We are open 7 days a week and only close on statutory holidays
  • The first class of the day starts at 6am on weekdays, with the last class of the day at 7pm.
How do I get started?
  • Everyone starts with a quick 15 minute Suna Intro session. This is best suited to anyone without any injuries or concerns. Should you have any injuries, we recommend our Get Stuck In - Solo trial.
  • Our trials are a great way to try before you buy and include your Intro Session and unlimited classes.
  • Following your trial the most economical way to go forward is to go onto one of our Unlimited Membership Plans so you can come as often as you like!
How much does it cost?

Details and pricing of our trials and can be found on our Getting Started page.

Membership Plans: How often should I come?
  • If you do Suna Pilates twice a week you will quickly start to feel and then see the difference, but the more you do the faster the results!
What should I wear?
  • Pilates is done with no footwear so you may either wear socks through your workout or bare feet.  Wear something comfortable that you are able to stretch you body out in so nothing too tight or restricting.
Will I get a good ‘cardio’ work out?
  • Suna Pilates is great if you want a cardio workout because one of the key things we focus on is your breathing. Additionally, if you want a really challenging class to try one of our SunaForm Classic classes or book in for one of our SunaBlitz courses.
Why are your pilates classes only 45 minutes long?

The body doesn't continue to learn after 45 minutes - why do an hour or more when 45 will give you the same result? Longer than 45 minutes of doing what we do can overload muscle groups and lead to training incorrect muscular sequencing patterns. For those who are time conscious, we have bootcamp style classes that are designed to do the same in 30 mins in this fast moving class.

Is it ok to do Pilates while pregnant?

Improving your posture is one of the best ways to prep for getting pregnant to limit issues with pregnancy and childbirth. We have many clients and trainers who do pilates in our classes throughout their pregnancies with great results and we cater to all levels in our sessions. There is a lot of “fear building” information and misinformation out there.

Lying on your back is not a problem for normal pregnancies. What is discouraged is lying on your back resisting a weight from above with the legs as it puts a lot of pressure on the pelvis. At Suna Pilates we only use resistance springs, not weights so this is not an issue.

We have been teaching pregnant mums since opening in 2000 without issue. If you have any further concerns you are always welcome to talk to one of our master trainers who have both done pilates through their pregnancies. 

When starting anything new during pregnancy, we believe it is best to start after 12 weeks, as long as your LMC has classified your pregnancy as low risk. So, the best thing to do is book your Suna Intro session first so you can see how it feels and the trainer can assess you and recommend classes to suit.

What is kinesiology?

Find out about kinesiology sessions at Suna here.