May 24, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding the services at LEAR

  1. What is a health assessment?

The LEAR health assessment is the beginning of your LEAR journey. Our Health Partners carry out a full assessment of your current health and fitness and recommend the most appropriate pathway for you. The health assessment includes:

  • Full medical history
  • Body composition analysis
  • Movement screen
  • Cardio test
  • Goal setting

Although we call this an assessment, our goal is to see where you are at the moment. There is no good or bad score, everyone is different and will receive a different experience suited to their needs.

  1. What is a guest tier assessment?

This is a scaled down version of the full Health Assessment. It covers medical history and basic movements. The Health Partner is looking to ensure you’re ready to exercise with us and to set the appropriate class level. You proceed from here on a PAYG basis or on a basic contract (4 classes per month for £65)

  1. Why do I need an assessment?

This is two-fold. Firstly, we are Physio-led and everything we do is measurable. We assess every client to have a base line for progress and improvement. Everything can be reassessed further down the line to see if goals are being met. Secondly, we want everyone to have a full and safe experience. We ensure everyone is exercising or rehabilitating at the correct level and in an appropriate format for them. The assessment gives us the information we need to format a programme for each person that will move them towards their personal goals.

  1. Do I still need an assessment even though I used to come to LEAR / even though I’m very fit and have no injuries?

Yes, we want everyone to have the same level of service. The full assessment is open to anyone wishing to join our Clean Bill or Top Form contracts. The guest tier assessment is for people wishing to PAYG or join the basic contract.

  1. How much are classes?

PAYG is £19 per class, on the Basic Contract they are £16.25 each, on Clean Bill £11 and Top Form £10.

  1. What classes do you do?

HYBRID TRAINING - This is a gym-based class aimed at combining cardiovascular fitness, strength and mobility, drawing on our Health Partners’ knowledge of anatomy and physiology to provide a workout which challenges all fitness levels, in a safe and tailored way.

Since these classes are a combination of functional movements and mobility, building strength and improving cardiovascular fitness, we will often prescribe these classes for clients who are looking to tick all those boxes.

We will also be looking to improve your quality and control of movement in these classes so you can continue to work towards your functional goals while incorporating elements that will aid weight loss or building muscle strength in these classes.

Whether you've never been to a gym before or done quite a bit of strength training in the past, we will make sure that you are prescribed the appropriate level Hybrid Training class for you based on the outcomes of your assessment and your health and fitness goals!

MAT PILATES - Mat Pilates is great for building those fundamental movement patterns, gaining an understanding of how to activate and mobilise different joints and muscle groups throughout your body. Mat Pilates builds through foundational movements up to more complex and challenging exercises to work your strength, stability and mobility. Pilates is a strengthening and lengthening form of exercise that focuses on your core muscles while also training your arms and legs. Joseph Pilates first developed his exercises to strengthen his own body as a very young man and then began teaching others. It includes over 500 exercises and can be practiced anywhere. Mat Pilates can be modified for any age, body, or fitness level. It is even possible to practice the modifications of the Mat work in a chair.

Why do we teach Pilates at LEAR?

We firmly believe that all bodies can benefit from practising Pilates regularly. The main benefits are:

  • Improved posture
  • Better coordination and balance
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management
  • Injury prevention.  
  • Mat work is a great choice for everyone from beginners to advanced students because the exercises can build in difficulty. Practicing Mat Pilates helps build a strong, stable body and increases flexibility, and is the perfect compliment to all other activities  

REFORMER PILATES - The reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates and is a bed-like frame with a flat platform that rolls back and forth on wheels. The platform is called the carriage, and the carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs allow you to adjust resistance to the carriage, which will be pushed and pulled along the frame by your own body weight and strength and therefore the workout can be modified for different skill levels and body types.

Reformer Pilates is similar to Mat Pilates in many ways, like how we activate and mobilise through movement. However, the added resistance introduces a bit more of a strength challenge and can also make a variety of exercises easier for injuries and stiff joints.

Reformer Pilates is often considered more dynamic and intense than its mat work counterpart because most of the exercises are performed through greater ranges of motion and involve the resistance that is applied from the springs and bands.

  1. What is Hybrid Pro?

A personalised gym-based, strength-enhancing programme taught in small groups by the Health Partners. If you are on our Clean Bill or Top Form monthly contracts, you have full access to this service. You begin with a 1:1 Test Session - an hour with one of the team to establish your current capabilities, tailored to your strength and fitness goals. Following this, your Health Partner will design a personalised programme to progress you towards your goals. This will be continually reviewed to ensure you smash those goals, getting stronger, fitter and more confident. The Hybrid Pro classes will be small group sessions, with each person following their own programme, under the instruction and supervision of the class teacher.

  1. What do the class levels mean?

LEVEL 1 is where most people will start if they haven't exercised before or it’s been a while. The class will be lower intensity, and we will spend more time working on learning the correct technique for various exercises. The slower pace of the class will allow you time to learn to activate your muscles correctly, and gently build up strength and endurance. It will also allow you to improve your cardiovascular fitness without pushing yourself too hard. The choice of exercises in the class will also be safer and more stable for those who struggle with balance.

By LEVEL 2, everyone should have a better understanding of movement and of their body. Expect to start either using some weights or working against more challenging resistance. You will be challenged with more complicated exercises maybe recruiting several different muscle groups at once, and in some more difficult positions as well! The pace of the class will be slightly faster, but you will always be given the time that you need to perform your exercises correctly. Technique and safety are paramount.

LEVEL 3 is for those who have built really strong and fluid movement patterns, strength and endurance. Expect to be working with either more resistance or for longer time periods in this class. The class will be slightly quicker paced again, as we expect everybody by this stage to be able to activate the correct muscles with ease and have good mind-body co-ordination. Generally, if you're in a level 3 class you will not have any acute injuries or significant pain. These classes will involve whole body multi-directional movements. The aim is to really excel in your functional movement patterns and bullet-proof your body from injury.

  1. What is included in the contracts?

Basic Contract - £65 p/m

4 classes per month

Clean Bill - £99 p/m

8 classes per month plus one extra bonus class

Free virtual classes

25% off any appointments and additional classes as required

Top Form - £139 p/m

12 classes per month plus two extra bonus classes

Free virtual classes

35% off any appointments and additional classes as required

  1. How much is the creche in Harrogate and when is it open?

Tues and Fri 9:30-11:45am, £5 per hour per child

  1. Can I pause my contract?

Yes, for one month per annum

  1. Is there a tie-in for the contracts?

No but we do ask for 2 months' notice to end your contract.

  1. Do you need bank details for the contracts?

We just take card details. The Mindbody system stores them securely and charges the card on the 1st of each month.  

  1. Can I do your virtual classes?

Anyone on our Clean Bill or Top Form contracts has free access to virtual Mat and Hybrid classes.

  1. Can I use any leftover classes the next month?

The contents of the contracts do not roll over to the next month. Similarly, sessions cannot be borrowed from future months.

  1. Can I still use any credits I had left before the first lockdown?

If you are a previous client of LEAR and still have unused credits from pre-COVID, we will honour them. You can get re-started by having a quick 15 min catch up over the phone. When they have run out, you can choose to continue on a PAYG basis or do a health assessment and join a contract.

Start your health journey.

Let’s find the perfect LEAR Health Partner for your starting point and future goals! Take a moment to register your interest with us. A member of our team will then get in touch with you to talk about next steps.