Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pilates? 

Joseph Pilates spent his life developing what he called “The Art of Contrology,” which is now known as the Pilates Method of body conditioning. Classical Pilates is a full body exercise system focusing equally on STRETCH, STRENGTH, and CONTROL. When applied correctly, Pilates allows everyone (from the novice mover to the Olympic athlete) to access their most powerful and efficient selves.  


What makes Pilates at Goucher different? 

A part of the Baltimore community for over two decades, we follow results not fads. All of our instructors are classically trained and dedicated to the method. With 25 years of experience, we only teach what works. Our clients expect the best from us, and we work to live up to that expectation. 


Who was Romana Kryzanowska? 

Romana Kryzanowska (1923-2013) was Joseph Pilates’ protégé, and was entrusted with his studio after he and his wife passed away. A Pilates “elder,” it is widely accepted that Romana understood the method and how to teach it like no one else.  


What is Romana’s Pilates®? 

Romana’s Pilates® is an instructor certification program created to preserve the integrity of the true Pilates Method.  After the passing of Joseph Pilates and later Romana, the program is now run by Romana’s daughter (Sari Mejia Santo) and granddaughter (Daria Pace),  

Although a court ruling mandated the term “Pilates” to be generic, and free for unrestricted public use, Romana’s Pilates® and their certified instructors are dedicated to teaching Pilates the way Joe intended. All of our instructors have been certified by either Romana herself or her daughter, Sari.  

Here at the Pilates Center at Goucher College, as well as teaching clients, we are also a Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Center. Contact Stephanie Lawson (Director and Instructor Trainer) for more information on becoming certified with Pilates at Goucher.   


How do I get started? 

The best way to learn Pilates is to begin with private lessons. We have a New Client Welcome Package that you can find here. We recommend private lessons because this allows you to understand the exercises to the fullest with a personalized touch. If private lessons are not your preference, start with a Level 1 mat class! Your first Level 1 mat with us is FREE 

Whether you are interested in private or group classes, send us an email at For private lessons let us know your availability so we can match you with an instructor. For group lessons, let us know which Level 1 class you would like to try so that we know to expect you, and can direct you to our studio in the athletic facilities.  


I’m an active person, why do I need to start with a Level 1 mat class? 

The Pilates Mat is a series of exercises that run in a specific order and build off of each other. It is important to build a strong foundation in this technique in order to properly advance, and knowledge of the exercises and vocabulary is necessary in order to succeed. Keep in mind, not everyone progresses through the levels at the same rate. Depending on your practice and ability level, Level 1 may just be a small stop on your Pilates journey! 


How often should I do Pilates? 

“In 10 sessions, you will feel a difference. In 20 sessions, you will see a difference. In 30 sessions, you will have an entirely new body.” - Joseph Pilates 


When Joseph Pilates said this, he was referring to keeping up your Pilates practice 3 times a week. For most clients, 3 times a week does tend to be a sweet spot, but is certainly not a requirement for everyone! We have clients that come in to their mat class once a week, and we have clients who try to come in every day we are open, mixing in private lessons, tower classes, and mat classes. Pick what matches your lifestyle.  


Do I have to sign up for the whole session? 

We run by the session in order to make sure we can build your workout safely and efficiently. Although we do recommend that you sign up for the whole session, it’s not required! If your schedule or lifestyle fits better with a drop-in method, we allow drop-ins to your appropriate level. 


Why do I need experience with Classical Pilates to take a tower class? 

Tower classes use the Pilates apparatus equipment in a group setting. To ensure everyone’s safety, foundational knowledge of the Pilates technique is required. That knowledge can be learned through mat classes (at least one session) or through private instruction with a Classical Pilates Instructor. If you still have questions about whether tower classes are appropriate for you, please send us an email! 


Still have questions or want to learn more? 

Please do not hesitate to email us at pilates@goucher.eduEmails to that address are usually answered within the hour. 

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