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feedback on pilates classes 2023

Thoughts and feedback on our 2023 Pilates classes

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 :).

Prefered class length 2023

Looking ahead

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.

Class difficulty

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.

Looking ahead

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.

Feedback on Pilates month long calendars 2023

Looking ahead

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.

 Areas of the body to focus on 2023

Looking ahead

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.

Pilates equipment popularity feedback 2023

Looking ahead

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.

Types of Pilates equipment feedback 2023

Looking ahead

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.

Other feedback

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,

Vicky


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13 COMMENTS
  • Olga
    Reply

    Dear Vicki
    Thank you so much for all your hard work. Sorry I didn’t take part in your survey, I was away for some period. I like everything what you are giving to us. You are doing excellent job and I enjoy every exercise given by you. I wish I could practice more often but sometimes it is impossible. I like that you give a choice of length and it is excellent because sometimes I have only 15 minutes to spend. I don’t think you need to change anything. Everything is just perfect. Thank you so much again!

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you Olga. That is very kind of you to say :). Merry Christmas.

  • Clare
    Reply

    Hi Vicky,
    I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do to make Pilates accessible and fun ! I live in Yorkshire and since migrating to online classes during Covid and retiring from full-time work, I find your classes are perfect to keep me moving and motivated !
    I always try to do 3 classes a week and have also encouraged several friends of mine to have a go. I need to do Pilates to stay fit and healthy, so I am delighted to have your resource to help with that and I make donations as and when I remember to !
    I am just sorry that I live too far away to come and meet you in person at one of your face to face days, but maybe one day…!
    In the meantime, thank you again and please keep doing what you are doing ! I didn’t do your survey as I couldn’t think of anything I would suggest to change, but reading the results has been very interesting and seems spot on to me.
    Please keep going !!
    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
    Very best wishes,
    Clare.

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you Clare. I am so pleased you’re enjoying and benefiting from the classes. Wishing you a happy Christmas.

  • Janine Field
    Reply

    Fabulous classes with clear easy instructions.

    Thank you so much

    Happy Happy Christmas xx

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you Janine. Happy Christmas.

  • Teresa Williams
    Reply

    Thanks for doing the survey.. a great idea.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas Vicki. Looking forward to doing more pilates with you next year. Teresa

  • Ioanna
    Reply

    Hello Vicky and Merry Christmas
    Thank you very much for the classes. I’ve been following on and off since the pandemic and I find the classes fantastic. I particularly like how clear your instructions are – thank you.

    One tiny thing that could be improved is to be able to search by time and level of difficulty at the same time, in the Advanced Search. That would make searching a bit easier.

    I also love the month-long calendars which ensure that the right type of class is selected to target specific areas. Can we have a bit more of those in 2024 please?

    Thank you for all your work.
    Ioanna

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you Ioanna. That is a good suggestion. Let me look into it 🙂

  • Liz
    Reply

    Happy New Year to you and your family Vicky! I’ve been doing your classes a couple of times each week for the last few years now and they are absolutely fantastic. I play a lot of sport and every time I feel stiff, I do one of your classes.

    My favourite one is Pilates for tennis players. I wonder if you might consider doing another one of these?

  • Carolyn
    Reply

    I have just found your YouTube channel! What a revelation. I am really enjoying the classes with the variety of expand lengths of times.
    I love Pilates and have really missed doing it. I work shifts and it’s impossible to book classes f2f as block bookings are usually required which I can not do. This fits perfectly with my shifts and time available.
    Just over 2 weeks in and MSK conditions have improved!

  • Robyn
    Reply

    I am really looking forward to beginning your classes! Will I need any equipment to start?

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Hi Robyn, most classes do not require any equipment. I would advise a mat or similar if you have a hard surface though. Simply follow along at home. Hope you enjoy the classes.

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