DEFY Method FAQ's

 

I have never done Pilates before. Can I attend?
Of course! We accomodate members at all experience levels, however we are not Clinical Pilates. If you're injured, you may want to consult your health professional prior to attending a class.


What class do I start with?
If you haven’t done Pilates don't stress you'll pick it up quite quickly. 


What do I need to know for my first class?
You will need to arrive to class 5 minutes prior to the class start time. Bring a water bottle and a positive mindset to help you achieve your physical and mental goals over the coming week.


Do I have to do the meditation component?
Yes! This is just as important as the physical component and will ensure the you receive the best results. We’ve extensively researched this stuff – we know!


What do I wear?
Nothing. We like to do exercise naked and bring nature into the studio. Actually some activewear would be more appropriate now that we’ve come to our 5 senses.


How is Pilates different to Yoga?
Both are about challenging the body, connecting the mind and using the breath. Pilates in general is more dynamic and offers equipment to increase or decrease the challenge of the overall experience. Both require mind movements, though Yoga includes a little more of a mindfulness and spiritual experience….which brings us to DEFY!


How will this help my posture?
Static posture is the tip of the iceberg. Most people do not understand that posture is dynamic. Our posture needs to be continuously challenged to ensure all our motor patterns are kept in check. Pilates Reformer beds help to provide an environment that challenges all of our small and large muscle groups. With all muscles working in balance our dynamic and static posture improves immediately.
 
What is a Reformer?
The Pilates Reformer bed is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with different weighted springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. It was designed by Joseph Pilates himself.


What are the benefits of Pilates?
Health benefits of Pilates (as per betterhelath.vic.gov.au)

The health benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.


What are the benefits of HIIT?

As per American College of Sports Medicine (acsm.org). HIIT improves:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Insulin sensitivity (which helps the exercising muscles more readily use glucose for fuel to make energy – this makes you burn calories faster)
  • Cholesterol profiles (ratio of low density lipids to higher density lipids)
  • Abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass.


What are the benefits of meditation?

As per headspace.com. Meditation:

  • Reduces Stress
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Improves Sleep Quality
  • Improves relationship satisfaction
  • Improves cognition


Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates alone may or may not help you lose weight. However, research detailing a combination of methods such as Pilates, mindfulness and HIIT, has shown weight loss as a key benefit.


What facilities do you offer?
We offer a shower / change room, water fountain and, toilet facilities. Oh, we forgot about the awesome DEFY studio and the mind blowing experience of DEFY Pilates, HIIT and mindfulness all wrapped up in a 51 minute bundle.


Do I need to be fit to attend?
It is advisable that you have attended fitness classes previously although you don’t have to be “fit”- though you will certainly improve all areas of body and mind ’s fitness by attending.


I am injured can I still attend?
No. As classes are group and non-clinically based, we would recommend seeing a health professional to sign off on your attendance. You will need to sign a waiver, before you attend your first class.


Do you have women’s only classes?
No. At this stage we do not run women’s only classes.


Do you have child-minding facilities?
No.
 
Do I need to wear socks?
Socks with a gripping or sticky sole are ideal but DEFY is OK with bare feet. Safety is our primary concern so you do not slip while working. Hygiene is taken care of in between classes with all floor and equipment cleaned where a DEFY-er has worked.
 
How old do I need to be to attend?
High intensity work is beneficial for adolescents through to adults. The minimum age of our DEFY-ers attendees is 14 years.
 
How many people in every class?
DEFY classes can accommodate 9 participants.
 
I’ve booked online can I cancel?
You can cancel online as well as book online. DEFY requires 8 hours notice of cancellation or the class will be charged as if you have attended.
 
I can’t find a phone number – how do I contact you?
Our web contact form or email limitless@defymethod.com.au is monitored all day. Please leave us a message there and we’ll be back in touch with you ASAP.
 
How many times do I need to attend?
High intensity training is a time efficient way of reaching better fitness goals quicker. Optimal physical training can be achieved with 3-4 classes per week.  DEFY daily is the ultimate combination of looking after your physical and mindfulness fitness. Mindfulness should be practised every day for optimal results.
 
Can I do Pilates if I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant or are considering pregnancy DEFY insists you discuss this with your treating doctor. Clinical Pilates is beneficial during pregnancy but the instructor needs to know you are pregnant and needs to have medical clearance from your doctor. DEFY Pilates is not clinical Pilates. DEFY incorporates HIIT (high intensity interval training) Pilates in its classes. HIIT Pilates is not recommended for pregnant women.
 
When will I see a difference?
DEFY-ers feel the difference before they see a difference. After 3 sessions DEFY-ers report feeling stronger, fitter and more alert. Following this they report noticing better muscle tone, weight loss and are sometimes caught admiring themselves in their bedroom mirror whilst getting dressed.
 
Will I be sore after my first class?
Depending on your fitness level you may experience some soreness after your first class. DEFY leaves no muscle untouched in the body. HIIT (high intensity interval training) is quick in terms of time but long in terms of the muscles and areas of the body it targets.
 
Where are you located?
DEFY is located in Bayside Melbourne at 3/3 Swanston St Mentone 3194.
 
Are you part of mhealth?
DEFY shares premises with mhealth at 3/3 Swanston St Mentone but they are separate businesses. DEFY-ers must enter through mhealth’s front door to find the hidden DEFY studio. Follow the white rabbit……………
 
Can I only book online?
The easiest way to book DEFY classes is by downloading our app in the Apple app store or Google play store or alternatively, you can also book online via the Schedule page.
 
Do you have male and female instructors?
DEFY has both female and male instructors.
 
What style of meditation do you do?
DEFY style meditation is used in our mindfulness work. DEFY has researched the meditation practices of the ages and created a modern, contemporary and science backed technique. DEFY meditation and mindfulness is appropriate for the 21st century and delivers exceptional results on the back of time efficient high intensity interval training for the body.
 
Who is Joseph Pilates?
Joseph died in 1967 aged 83. He was an innovator and general all round legend of the fitness industry. Contrology was his legacy, a program of 34 exercises for achieving fitness. Posthumously Contrology was named Pilates. The exercise form has been morphed in many directions since his passing but Google his life story. His values inspire DEFY and we look to pay that forward to you.
 
What is meditation?
Meditation is the practice of clearing the mind to focus on cleansing itself to enable the individual to grow. Meditation enables you to focus on what really matters and let all the rubbish go.
 
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the skill of clearing the mind to be present in the moment without any disruptive thoughts. With a clear mind you can focus on what really matters and let all the rubbish go.
 
Is meditation religious?
DEFY meditation is not religion based. Whilst meditation has been associated with various religious practices over the ages, DEFY meditation is research based, contemporary and appropriate for modern day life of the 21st century.
 
How do I book a class?
The easiest way to book DEFY classes is by downloading our app in the Apple app store or Google play store or alternatively, you can also book online via the Schedule page.
 
Do you run children’s classes?
No. Not at this time.