I asked you to share your thoughts on our Pilates classes. This is what you said.
I set this website up a few years ago to help make Pilates more accessible. And that is still what it is all about. So your feedback is so important. It helps shape the classes we provide and the way we deliver them. Aiming to make the classes as suitable and beneficial as possible to our Pilates community.
So a huge thank you to everybody who took the time to share their thoughts…And this is what you said:
Preferred class length
The majority prefer classes lasting between 30-45 minutes. While a quarter of you like having all the options. Not many people were particularly keen on classes lasting over an hour :).
This result is very similar to the previous year. We’ll continue to offer a range of classes, with a leaning towards more in the 30-45 minute length.
We asked if we’re categorising the class difficulty correctly. most of you agreed that the current grading is about right. However, several of you thought the classes should be slightly more challenging.
As we mentioned last year, it is very important for us to create inclusive classes that are suitable for the full range of abilities that like to take part. That said, this feedback fits in with several requests I have had for some ‘extra tough’ classes. We considered this last year but never quite planned them in. However. 2023 maybe the year to introduce this new category (eeek!)
Month long calendars
Following last year’s feedback we slightly reduced the number of calendars we provided during the year, from four to three. This seems to be the right amount.
Three calendars seems to be the right amount of calendars for our community. So next year we’ll continue to provide another three. In January, Spring / Summer and in Autumn. For those that do like more, we now have quite a collection and I would be happy to suggest a particular one if you have a target area of focus in mind.
Areas of the body
As with previous years, there continuous to be a demand for classes focusing across the body.
We will continue to create classes with a wide range of focus areas and targeting muscle groups across the body. Quite a few of you suggested other areas to focus on and I am adding these to my planning notes for next year to further increase the range of classes we can offer.
Using Pilates equipment
Classes that use Pilates equipment continue to be in demand for about half of you. Although slightly reduced from last year.
Throughout last year we created quite a few new classes with equipment, so out offering is larger than it was last year. We will continue to build up the offering of classes that use equipment so those of you that enjoy using Pilates equipment can continue to enjoy them. But equipment-free classes will continue to be the majority of classes provided.
There was also some very useful feedback about the ways equipment is listed / searchable. And that some equipment classes are difficult to find. We will look into this as soon as possible.
Types of equipment
For those interested in more classes using Pilates equipment, we asked what the preferences would be. There was a broad interest in all the equipment offered with a particular interest in more classes using the resistance band.
We will look to provide more classes using all equipment. With a particular focus on providing new classes with the resistance band. There was also some great suggestions about equipment not listed here that some of you would like to see. This is exciting and will need a bit more consideration, but I hope to provide you with even more of a range through 2024.
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write me a note. I am bowled over by the number of positive comments, updates and useful insight on how to improve what we do.
Among the feedback are ideas on how to make classes easier to find, suggestions on how to improve the classes themselves and how to make them appeal to more people. There’s so many exciting thoughts, and I am looking forward to incorporating as many of these ideas as possible next year.
Thanks again for sharing your feedback. All the best,