I’ve never done reformer pilates before, is that ok?
Absolutely. Our classes are newbie friendly and designed to allow everyone to work out at their own pace. If it’s your first time, we recommend an intro class (see below).
I’m new, should I book an intro class?
Our free 20-minute Intro classes are not compulsory, but if you’re new to reformer pilates, you’ll get to meet your trainer and ask any burning questions. You’ll also learn how to use your reformer and adjust your springs to get the most out of each session. Make sure you book the class scheduled directly after, as the Vive Intro class is a free instructional class, not a workout.
What if I can’t do everything in class? I haven’t worked out in ages.
No problem. If you can move, you can Vive. Trainers offer options for a lot of what we do in class, so you can dial the workout down or up as needed.
Is there a beginner class?
The best classes for beginners are VIVE TOTAL and VIVE STRETCH. But first you might like to take the free Intro class to learn all about the reformer. Once you feel comfortable in those classes, try VIVE CIRCUIT and, as you get more experienced, level up to VIVE SLAY and VIVE COMBAT.
Which Vive class should I do?
Each of our classes has a different focus, from stretch to strength to cardio, with all combining some elements of each. Try them all to find your fave, but ideally incorporate a couple of different class types into your week. Plus, our trainers all create their own unique flows each sesh, meaning every Vive workout you do will be different. Since no two classes are the same, we keep your body guessing, making it nearly impossible to hit a results plateau, and even less likely for you to get bored.
How old do you have to be to take a class?
You need to be 16 or over to take a Vive class.
Can I do a class if I’m pregnant or returning to exercise post-partum?
Pregnant Vivers MUST let our front desk staff and trainer know about their pregnancy, including due date, before attending any classes. You can participate in classes up to 12 weeks into your pregnancy. New clients are not accepted after this point. If you are a regular attendee (coming to classes regularly for more than 6 months) and wish to continue beyond this point, we do not recommend attending classes without chatting with our staff and organising a private session with one of our trainers. As an alternative, pre and post-partum content is available on Vive Stream. Returning or new post-partum clients must provide a medical certificate showing clearance from their medical provider. We do not recommend attending classes prior to 6 weeks post-partum.
Do you offer corporate events or private classes?
Yup, we offer class exclusives and private training. We’ve even had whole classes booked for surprise parties (which we love as much as you do). To find out more, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have lockers?
Absolutely. We have secure lockers in the reception at Double Bay, and in the hallway at Neutral Bay. And at Brookvale we have open lockers inside the studio.
Do I need to bring my own pilates socks?
Pilates socks can be purchased at our front desk, but if you already have a pair, bring them along. Just make sure they have a grippy sole so you don’t slip on the reformer.
Do you have water or should I bring my own?
We have filtered water inside the studio. Bring your own bottle to fill up.
Do you have change rooms and showers?
Our studios have change facilities and a hair bar. Our Double Bay and Neutral Bay studios both have showers too.
What do you supply?
Our studios are equipped with towels, wet wipes and filtered water. You will also have access to a locker space to store your belongings and shoes during the workout.
How do I book a class?
You can book classes through our app up to 30 days in advance. Drop-ins are subject to availability. We strongly recommend booking in advance so you don’t miss out. Payments can be made either through the app, website or in studio (the app is easiest).
What do I wear?
Something comfy that won’t restrict your range of motion. A t-shirt or singlet, with shorts or leggings. You’ll also need some pilates socks which you can buy at reception (or bring your own).
When should I arrive?
If it’s your first class, arrive 5-10 minutes early so you have a chance to get familiar with all things Vive. Our trainers will be around to welcome and guide you through a few things in the lead up to class. If you’re a regular, arrive a few minutes early to store your things. We start bang on time.
What do I do when I get there?
If it’s your first class, say hello to whoever is at the front desk and mention you’re new. They’ll get you taken care of.
What if I’m running late?
We’re all about a mind-blowing, immersive experience. To be respectful of others, there is no entry five minutes after the class has started.
Something came up. Can I cancel?
If you need to cancel class, please do so at least 8 hours before your class to give someone else the chance to take your spot. If you cancel after that time, you will lose your class credit, and anyone who is on Unlimited memberships, packs or our Intro Offer (1 week unlimited) will attract a $20 no-show or late cancel fee.
How long until I feel like a pro?
If you feel a bit lost during your first class, you’re not alone. Our Vivers tell us that it’s often not until their fourth class that they have their eureka moment and it all starts to click. So hang in there. You got this.
Can I change after class?
Our studios have change rooms and a hair bar. You’ll also find showers at our Double Bay and Neutral Bay studios.
How can I let the world know I’m part of the #vivefam?
Doing it for the gram is one of the many reasons our tribe loves to Vive. Get a selfie in the studio or a post-class group shot and tag us @viveactive. We’re so damn proud of you too!
What are the benefits of reformer?
Get ready to see a change in your body and mood. Our classes are designed to optimise your health in so many ways: increased strength and muscle tone, improved core stability, better balance, more naturally upright posture, greater flexibility, weight loss, more fluid movement, stress relief, better cardiovascular fitness, and for many, relief from back pain. In particular, the reformer powerhouse muscles – the core muscles and glutes – are paramount for fulfilling your optimal functional potential.
Will classes make me too muscular?
Absolutely not. Our workouts are designed to build lean muscle mass and tone your entire body. The combination of strength training with cardio and core will allow you to burn calories and create lean length without excess bulking. But, if you’re looking for some serious muscle building, try VIVE COMBAT which is our most challenging class, using heavier weights.
How is reformer different from mat pilates?
If you’ve tried mat pilates, you’ll find the reformer offers a much more versatile, high-performance workout thanks to the added resistance from the springs and the incredible range of exercises that can be performed. The reformer also helps keep your body in correct position and offers support where it’s most needed.