FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Pilates

General Questions

What is Go Chlo Pilates and what makes it different?


Go Chlo Pilates is your new Pilates online studio. It’s run by me, Chloe de Winter, a Physiotherapist and Master Pilates Instructor with many years in the biz. There are live Pilates classes for those that love a live studio experience from the comfort of their own home, as well as Go Chlo On Demand, with a brand new Pilates videos added every week. Take a class with me and you will feel the difference - you will feel strong, empowered, confident and most of all, you’ll have fun.




What can Pilates do for me?


So much more than I can tell you in this FAQ section! Pilates helps you build strength and endurance, makes you more aware of your posture and more connected to your body. But best of all, it makes you feel great. Try a class and I can show you how great you'll feel. 😊




Why is Mat Pilates different to Reformer Pilates?


When you are doing Mat Pilates, you get to feel a strong sense of connection to your body and explore all the wonderful ways you can move it, without any distraction. You will feel grounded in your body and confident in your movement. This is because Mat Pilates predominantly uses body weight as resistance for movement whereas on the Reformer, the resistance is provided by the springs. Most people tell me Mat Pilates is way harder - I'll let you judge it!





Class Information

Should I do Live Classes or Go Chlo On Demand?


Well, I think both! But here are the differences: Live Classes: The Live Classes are just plain fun. You get to feed off the incredible energy of clients moving with you from around the world. Plus, you get real-time feedback from me. You are accountable and motivated to move. Plus, all live classes are “Pay What You Can” - you set a price that feels good for you. Go Chlo On Demand: Go Chlo On Demand is always there for you. All live class recordings get uploaded every Sunday, so you still get to follow my 5 class a week program. If you need a bit more flexibility in your day, on demand has got your back. Never run late for class again and press play at a time that suits you. Voila.




What is the difference between the classes?


All the classes have slight variations. See below for a full description of each class. Mat Pilates (45 minute) Go Chlo Mat Pilates is a whole body workout focusing on strength, stability, control and muscular endurance. Develop a deeper connection to your body as you explore new ways to move, and have fun doing it! Mat Pilates with Weights (45 minute) It’s like Mat Pilates but we incorporate two hand weights into the class. These can be dumbbells, wine bottles or canned tomatoes, anything with a bit of weight. I recommend around the 1-3 lb or 0.5 - 1.5kg range. Express Pilates (30 minute) This is a fasted-paced, dynamic, whole body workout. Expect a flowing class of movement and power to strengthen and feel good! High Intensity Pilates (45 minute) Elevate your heart rate and build muscular endurance with high intensity, low impact exercises, while focusing on strengthening the body through controlled Pilates movements. Strength + Stretch (45 minute) The perfect combination of strengthening and juicy stretches to leave you feeling both strong and flexible. Devote time to stretch and lengthen, relieving the buildup of tension in the body. Give that body what it needs!




What equipment do I need for class?


Go Chlo Pilates is designed to do anywhere so you don’t need much! A mat would be great if you have one, but if you don’t then just roll out a towel. In ‘Mat Pilates with weights’ we incorporate two hand weights into the exercises. Hand weights can be any weight but I recommend 1-3 lb or 0.5 - 1.5kg dumbbells. If you don’t have any weights at home, you can use canned beans, wine bottles, jars of peanut butter or your other favourite snack! For ‘Strength + Stretch’, I advise you to have a block, but if you don’t have one, grab a couple of cushions.




I’m new to Pilates, can I still join?


Of course! All the classes are designed to suit people of all abilities. If you are not sure where to start, I suggest you begin with Strength + Stretch.




How hard are the classes?


Well, my classes have been described as “omg so hard”, but in the nicest way possible! They are actually designed to suit both the level of a beginner and a pro athlete. The way the classes build enables you to listen to your body and go at your own pace. There is no shame in taking breaks and in fact, I encourage it! Give a class a go and I bet you’ll surprise yourself with your own strength! I dare you!




I’m pregnant, can I still do the classes?


All our classes are safe for prenatal clients up until the end of their first trimester. After that, we recommend you subscribe to Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates on Go Chlo On Demand.




What do I wear to class? Do you wear shoes in Pilates?


Whatever you feel comfortable moving in! For us, it’s usually leggings, a singlet and no shoes. For you, it might be your party suit. By going barefeet, you will be able to connect into the floor beneath you, and develop the balance and proprioception around your feet.




Which class should I start with?


Mat Pilates is a Go Chlo staple and a full body workout which is recommended for new clients. However, have a read of the class types and pick one that floats your boat!




I’ve never done Pilates before - should I start with the Live Classes or On Demand?


It depends how you prefer to move your body! The live classes are great because you are accountable, and you get to feed off the incredible energy of clients moving in with you, from around the world. Plus, you get real-time feedback from me! On Demand is awesome if you need a bit more flexibility in your day. You can do a class at a time that suits you, without worrying about making it on time.




Can I access these classes worldwide?


Yeah baby! My Live classes coincide with multiple timezones! When you are booking your live class, make sure the timezone is set to where you live. My On Demand platform can be accessed anywhere, at any time!




Can I use a TV for my workouts?


You sure can! You can Chromecast or Airplay to your TV depending on the devices you use, following your typical Chromecast/Airplay procedures. How cool is that.





Live Classes

Why Pay What You Can?


My Live Pilates classes are Pay What You Can, and always have been. It’s so important to me to make Pilates accessible to all, and with so many struggling financially I don’t want to turn anyone away.




How much should I pay?


Whatever you feel works for you right now. Typically clients pay anywhere from $5-$20 USD per class, which translates to $6-$25 AUD. But, whatever price feels good for you!




How do I book into a live class?


You can book into our classes here. Set your timezone, scroll down to the date and time of the class you’d like to join, and click sign up. From there you will enter your name and email, and your phone number optional. You can then add in the amount you’d like to pay and confirm the appointment.




Do I need my camera on for live classes?


Of course not! Most clients will keep their cameras on as it keeps them accountable and helps them feel like they are in a group class setting (which they are). Plus, it means I can provide live feedback and corrections to you in class. Some people prefer to have their cameras off and that’s fine too. It’s totally up to you.





On Demand

Is there a free trial?


Yes! There is a 14 day free trial! Two weeks of Go Chlo On Demand on me 😊




What is included in Go Chlo On-Demand?


Oh, so so much... 5 brand new full length classes every week - Mat Pilates, Express Pilates, Mat Pilates with Weights, High Intensity Pilates and Strength + Stretch classes added every week Access to range of 30+ full classes Unlimited access to Movement Snacks, which are 10-15 minute mini Pilates workouts




How much is Go Chlo On-Demand?


After your two week free trial: - Monthly Subscription: $45 USD - Yearly Subscription: $395 USD - Single class rental: $5 USD for one week rental




Can I rent one class?


Sure! If you’re looking to try a one-off class simply click on the class you’d like and select “Get Access Now”. Choose “Rent” and continue to payment. You’ll get access to the class for one week.




Can I cancel at any time?


Yes, you can cancel your subscription anytime, there are no hidden fees and you’ll have access until the end of that billing cycle.




How do I follow the program?


Each Sunday a new program will be uploaded, with Classes 1 - 5. Depending on your schedule, you can do these Monday-Friday, or whatever works best for you! I’ve designed the classes to get the most out of your body each week with a mix of strength, cardio, stretching and mobility.




What is the Go Chlo Weekly Program?


The Go Chlo weekly program consists of 5 x new workouts, with 2 x Mat Pilates, and 1 of each of Express Pilates, High Intensity Pilates and Strength + Stretch classes. Each week there will be a new series uploaded for you to follow along on your own schedule.





Gifting

Can I purchase gifts?


Yes! I think a Go Chlo Pilates gift is a fab gift to give! At the bottom of Go Chlo On Demand you can select “Buy a Gift Card” where you can enter any amount and enter your payment details. We recommend $45 USD, as this will buy a month of unlimited access to all classes. Remember, the prices are in USD.




How do I redeem my gift card?


At the bottom of Go Chlo On Demand you can select “Redeem my Gift Card” where you can enter your code associated with the gift card.





Subscription and Billing

What currency is Go Chlo Pilates in?


All currency is set to USD. For reference, $10 USD is approximately $14 AUD.




Does my Go Chlo On Demand subscription automatically renew?


Yes, the billing cycle is monthly from your first payment date (or yearly if you’re on the annual plan).




Can I cancel any time?


Yes, you can cancel your subscription anytime. No hidden fees and you’ll have access until the end of that billing cycle.




Can I get a refund?


Unfortunately, we're not able to offer refunds at this time. If you'd like to discuss your subscription or account with us personally, email chloe@gochlo.com





Prenatal

Do I need medical clearance before I begin?


You sure do! If you are pregnant it’s important to have clearance from your doctor or medical practitioner before you begin. For more information, head to the prenatal and postnatal page.




When can I start?


You can start the program at any stage of pregnancy however, if you are in your first trimester you can still do all regular classes on Go Chlo On Demand. After the first trimester, we recommend you only do the Prenatal classes. For more, see the prenatal and postnatal page.




I’m new to Pilates, does that matter?


Absolutely not! This program is designed to suit all levels - beginner to advanced.




What video do I start with?


Start by watching the Prenatal Chat - it’s free to view! This chat is important to watch as it outlines how to use the classes, how they are going to help your body in pregnancy and what to watch out for in class.




I am in my first trimester. What classes should I do?


You can do either the Prenatal Program or the regular classes on Go Chlo On Demand. When you enter your second trimester, we recommend only doing the Prenatal Program.




How do I use the Prenatal Program?


Start by watching the Prenatal Chat video. This will outline how to use the platform and what to expect from it. Then, there is a daily Pelvic Floor and Breathing Video that is there for you to practice every day! Once you complete that each day, you have a selection of either full length classes or short classes (called Movement Snacks) to choose from. There are some that focus more on upper body, some lower body and some other spicy little challenges too! Check out the Prenatal and Postnatal page for more information!




Can I do regular classes while pregnant?


In your first trimester, there are no restrictions on how you move your body so you can do all the classes on the platform, not only the Prenatal ones. We also recommend doing the Pelvic Floor and Breathing Video, as early as possible in your pregnancy! After the first trimester, stick to the Prenatal Program.




How hard can I push myself?


The Prenatal Program is not easy! In fact, you are welcome to work your body hard in pregnancy! However, it is important to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. You should never feel short of breath, dizzy or lightheaded and if you do, sit out the exercise. Further, if you feel any point of pain or discomfort in your body, modify the exercise or sit that one out. If you have questions about this, contact your medical health professional or email chloe@gochlo.com.





Postnatal

Do I need medical clearance before I begin?


You sure do! If you are postnatal, it’s important to have clearance from your doctor or medical practitioner before you begin. Check out the Prenatal and Postnatal page for more information.




When can I start?


You may start 6 weeks after the birth, or after you have medical clearance to exercise.




I’m new to Pilates, does that matter?


Absolutely not! This program is designed to suit all levels - beginner to advanced.




What video do I start with?


Start by watching the Postnatal Chat, you can find this on the prenatal and postnatal page - it’s free to view! This chat outlines how to use the Program, what you are focusing on and what to expect.




What is a DRAM or diastasis rectus abdominis and how do I work on that?


Diastasis rectus abdominis (DRAM) is a stretch of the tissue at the front of the belly, called the linea alba. It is a normal part of pregnancy, as the muscles of the abdomen stretch to allow for space for the baby. After a baby, it’s important to have your DRAM assessed by a medical professional or physiotherapist. To improve and heal a DRAM postnatally, it’s important to incorporate pelvic floor, breathing and deep core exercises into your program. This is found in the Postnatal Abs video and is designed for you to do daily as you build up your strength. Please reach out with further questions.




What should I look out for in class?


With proper focus on pelvic floor and deep core engagement, you should be able to safely rebuild your abdominal strength. Look out for a “doming: of your abdominal muscles as this may be a sign that you aren’t engaging enough through those deep muscles, or that the exercise is too difficult for you. Check out the Prenatal and Postnatal page for more information.




How long should I do the Postnatal Program for?


There is no magic number here! You need to do the Postnatal Program until you have built up enough strength through your deep abdominal muscles and feel strong and supported in your body. We recommend an assessment with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist.