Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the difference between Fuse Pilates® and traditional Pilates?

    Fuse Pilates is an unorthodox approach to Pilates that incorporates music, exercises from other fitness regimes, and a focus on innovation to challenge your body while you’re having fun. We won’t bore you to death about the principles of Pilates, but you’ll still learn them in the exercises, creating those long, graceful muscles Pilates promises. Traditional mat Pilates has just 37 exercises. Sure, they’re 37 great exercises, but Fuse Pilates mat classes have over 300 to choose from, including those 37 mat exercises, plus Pilates apparatus exercises that have been adapted to the mat, floor barre, fitness, yoga, and anything else we can think of to challenge you to the core. Plus, we’re always adding more exercises to the repertoire. These moves are progressively choreographed to ensure that whatever the students’ requests, we still work every major muscle group. We also consider our teachers masters of the mixtape. Since the majority of our moves are choreographed to hit beats, we spend a ton of time planning music for our classes. You should see our monthly music bills.
  • Where did Fuse come from?

    We’d love to tell you a great story about how a group of exercise physiologists got together to create the most perfect workout known to humankind. But, to be truthful, our founder, Mariska, gets bored easily and started mixing exercises she enjoys into her Pilates class. Then she started taking requests and played music that she’d dance to, and voila! Fuse Pilates! Still, Fuse Pilates is physiologically sound, logical, and effective. We work all major muscle groups to develop strong, flexible, and balanced bodies.
  • Why’s it called Fuse Pilates?

    That’s easy. We fuse elements of Pilates, yoga, barre, plyometrics, and other fitness disciplines into a single, effective workout. If an exercise works wonders, we work it in. If it’s fun, we work it in. If it makes your muscles scream “I’m working!,” we work it in.
  • Will Fuse classes make me lose weight?

    In theory, there’s a very simple equation to weight loss. Calories out must surpass calories in. So, if you’re taking one class per week and then eating an entire pizza for dinner every night, you probably won’t lose weight. But, if you’re taking five classes per week, and then eating an entire pizza for dinner once a week, and eating more reasonable meals the rest of the time, then probably, yes. If you need help figuring out your meals, we have health coaches who can help you. What Fuse classes do is burn a lot of calories in an hour. They increase lean muscle mass, which boosts your metabolism and helps burn fat. And, they’re fun, so working out feels a lot less like work.
  • How about that coveted six pack?

    Ah, the six pack. It’s already there! Maybe it’s hiding, but we assure you, unless you’ve had some bizarre major abdominal surgery to remove it, you have a six-pack. We hate to break it to you, but it’s kind of a superficial muscle. We’ll redefine it, but we’ll get way deeper than that. You’ll learn to love the infamous TA – your transverse abdominis. Make that one strong, and you’ll flatten your stomach and stand up taller.
  • My doctor/chiropractor/PT/friend told me to try Pilates to help with back pain. Will Fuse Pilates help?

    In many cases, yes. However, back pain can have numerous causes, some of them very serious and improper execution of any exercise could worsen pain. So, we recommend first letting your teacher know what’s up with your body. If it’s something serious like a slipped disk, that’s often best handled in private sessions, at least initially. Although our group classes are focused more on fitness than rehab, they all work the core and emphasize stabilizing through the pelvic and shoulder girdles, which can fix a lot of aches and pains. Most of our classes are appropriate for all fitness levels, and our teachers offer modifications to make exercises easier or more difficult. We ask you to take responsibility for your body and not work past the level where you need to be for your condition. We do have traditionally trained Pilates teachers on staff who can help with many more serious medical conditions.
  • Are Fuse classes cardiovascular?

    Well, they won’t get your heart rate as high as doing Ironman, but all Fuse classes flow at a steady pace to keep you in a fat-burning zone.
  • How often do you recommend doing classes?

    Our accountant tells us that you should do classes every day, but 2-3 times a week should keep you in tip-top shape. It’s good to mix up the core focus of the mat classes with the additional strengthening benefits of the apparatus. There is a significant risk that you will become addicted to these classes. Unlike cigarettes and donuts, though, this addiction is perfectly healthy. So, if you want to come more often, we’ll be happy to see you.
  • What’s better – weights or springs? Pilates apparatus or weight machines?

    Our vote goes to springs. They offer what’s called progressive resistance. That means that the further you stretch them, the harder you’re working. If you’re lifting a 5-pound dumbbell, it’s never going to be more than, well, 5 pounds of resistance. Springs provide flowing, effective stretching simultaneous to strengthening. Plus, it’s easier to take springs safely through multiple planes of motion. Try it out – you’ll be surprised at the results you can get, and how quickly you can get them. If you compare the Pilates apparatus to weight machines, you’ll work harder on the apparatus since you have to stabilize your body, just like you would in everyday life. Weight machines mostly do the stabilizing for you. That’s kind of like exercising while being comfortably supported in a recliner. They call them La-Z-Boys for a reason.
  • Do you have any workout tips?

    Try not to eat a big meal before class. Core work + a full stomach = uncomfortable students. Wear comfy clothes that aren’t too loose so your teacher can get a better view of your form to help you out. If you’re wearing loose shorts, watch the um, well, you know, view. No one needs to see that in class.
  • Do I need to bring a mat?

    Nope. We’ve got you covered. Just bring yourself!
  • Do you take credit cards/checks/cash/Canadian dollars/money orders/PayPal/trade or barter?

    We take credit cards and cash. For students, we offer a 10% discount (and that includes grad students). We also have a work-study program. Email if you’re interested in trading your skills for free classes.
  • How long are your classes?

    55 minutes for all classes except for lunchtime express, where we give you an extra 5 minutes to rush back to the office. Of note, saying you have a "physical therapy appointment" can always buy you a little more time for a lunchtime workout.

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