What is Pilates?


“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”

-Joseph H. Pilates

The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breathe. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed as a mat class or on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance.  The goal of Pilates is to restore posture.  As the modern lives we live today (i.e. Text neck, Computer neck) pull our bodies out of alignment and create imbalances. 

Do I need to register for a class?

 Yes...Please sign in to a class. To ensure your space- please sign in on the website. If signing in is not available to you please email (info@southportpilates.com) or text (518-369-2884) your reservation- simply state your name and class you would like to attend and you will receive a confirmation. We are a small boutique studio focused on reaching everyone who attends on or off the mat. 

How do I register for a class or a private session?


 Register for a class on our website- you'll see the SIGN IN tab at the top of this page. 

You may call, text, or email as well. 

How to sign in on line with our schedulicity service? Here's how to get started...

  1. Click on to the Sign In  tab above.
  2. You will be directed to the Southport Pilates Schedulcity page. 
  3. Under the SPP logo-  you will see three tabs...About, Services, Classes.
  4. Click on to Services if you would like to book a private session - including the free 30 min intro session. 
  5. Click on to Classes- to see the weekly schedule. Click on to the class you would like to attend. On the right side the class you chose will appear. Click the blue button "Select Class".
  6. Add your email address
  7. If this is your first time- add your first, last name, phone and  a password easy to remember. I recommend clicking the "keep me signed in" box for easy future log in. 
  8. Next screen - hit Book it! You are in the class. If you are not signing up for the first time- its an easy log in, just choose the class to book it.

What do I wear or bring? When do I arrive?

A refillable water bottle! 

Yoga style clothes are perfect - comfortable and not too baggy. We encoourage the use of sticky socks for a clean and healthy environment. Socks are sold at the studio. Loose shorts are not recommended as many of the exercises we are on our back with legs up in the air. 

Barre classes- sticky socks are optional. 

 We have a no shoe policy in our studio.  Don't worry if you do not have a mat- we offer house mats for those that are new to us. 

Please arrive no earlier than 15 mins before class. Generally 5-10 mins to get settled in is fine for the first time. If there is a class before yours- please wait in the lobby downstairs until the current class exits. Thank you. 

How do I pay? Do you have Packages?

There are two options..

1. You SIGN IN to our online scheduling and register for a class. If you are NEW- you will need to create an account with password. You will choose at the top- Classes, Services or Workshops. Under classes- you find what you'd like to sign up for - choose a package ( can be a single class) and add credit card. You wont be charged until you arrive to class. 

2. You Register via Phone, Email or Text and you will be charged when you arrive to class. 

MAT Packages:

Single class; $14

5 sessions/$60

10 sessions/$110 

Each client is assigned an account  and all packages will be managed thru that. If you are an active client- use your email address at the sign in tab above to see or manage your account. Or refer to "How do I register for a class" for instructions on how to create or locate your account. 

Any further questions, always call.  518-369-2884

More FAQs....


What is your cancellation policy?

Being we are small studio and every spot counts ...For GROUP classes you book online you have a window of  EIGHT hour notice to cancel with out being charged. No shows will be automatically charged 100% from package or card registered with.

For appointments / PRIVATE sessions- there is  a required 24 hour notice. 

If there are extraordinary circumstances this will be considered as life happens. We ask only for your courtesy and understanding of our time and space. 



Class Packages with EIGHT OR LESS classes expire with in 60 days of purchase.   MORE THAN EIGHT will expire with in 90 days. 


Ten Plus Packages expire 90 Days and Twenty  packages expire with in 120 days. 

What’s the difference between working out on the equipment and the Pilates Mat classes?

 Mat classes focus on core work and require you to support your own body weight and are challenging. Pilates equipment gives you a frame to work within that is often more helpful than mat but can be more challenging when springs are added or taken away. Working on the equipment can also target and tone specific areas of your body very efficiently. 

What if I have Osteoporosis?

 Pilates exercises for osteoporosis are safe for people living with the condition.. Three-quarters of the exercises in traditional Pilates mat series  need to be modified for someone with osteoporosis. 

SPP recommends that you set up a  free 30 min intro session to discuss your current situation and see if we can find a class or reformer session that is right for you.

What is a Reformer?


Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep a practitioner from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.

At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a foot bar. The foot bar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame.

They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different levels of skill. We work with Peak equipment at SPP.  

The reformer offers all the benefits of mat  including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to healthier living, like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.