It is our goal to make you feel welcome and comfortable at Longevity Fitness Charleston. Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your experience.
Do you offer any new client deals? We highly recommend our New Client Welcome Package, which includes 3 group classes, 3 Reformer classes, 3 private sessions and 20% off a manual therapy session. You get the full LFC experience all for $350! As a new client, you can also book your 1st Group class for $15; 1st Reformer class for $25, 3 private sessions for $210, and 3 manual therapy sessions for $255.
Where should I park? We have 3 reserved spaces for LFC clients on the ground level of our building. Should those marked spaces be occupied, you'll find ample parking meters around the building on Rutledge Ave, Doughty St. and Ashley Ave. The MUSC Ashley-Rutledge garage is just steps from the studio, as is the valet at Rutledge Tower. Additionally, you'll find plenty of 1- and 2-hour residential parking a block away in Radcliffeborough, just east of Rutledge Avenue.
Tip: the 3 LFC parking spaces are most likely to be occupied during our peak hours of 8-11:30am. We suggest parking in a residential area to help get your 10,000 steps for the day! Be sure to pay attention to the parking notices, such as Street Sweeping days and times.
Do I need sneakers? Shoes are not worn in our Pilates studio or for our Sweat Therapy class (you can come barefoot or in sticky/barre socks). Sneakers are required for our TRX classes and Personal Training Sessions in our Conditioning Studio.
Do you have showers? Yes, we have 3 private shower and vanity rooms, one of which includes a luxurious steam shower. We provide Malin and Goetzbath products and Yeah Baby shower slippers. Forget something? We've got you covered. Each shower room contains an amenity cabinet with everything from razors to face cleansing wipes.
What is TRX? TRX is Total-Body Resistance Exercise that focuses on "all core all of the time." Developed by a former Navy SEAL, TRX body- weight suspension training is a tool we use to develop your strength using leverage and gravity for resistance. Try our TRX Transformation class for a fun boot-camp style workout, or TRX Flex & Flow to incorporate Pilates techniques and keep it low impact but high burn.
How does the Gold Membership work? Does it include unlimited classes? The Gold Membership is our most popular pricing option! It is a $1,500 account deposit, and from that point onward, all your LFC classes and appointments are debited from that balance, but at a discount. Gold Members enjoy our lowest possible pricing per service: 20% off Group and Reformer classes and 15% off private sessions and bodywork appointments. Your membership is valid for 1 year or until the balance runs out, whichever comes first. While it does not include unlimited classes, you are not limited to a certain number of each class type like you would be on a regular Group or Reformer class package. You have total freedom to use your account dollars as you like. Prefer to stick with classes? Try our VIP Membership for only $1,000! It works just like the Gold, but applies to classes only at the same discounted rate.
Are there membership fees? While we do offer a few membership options, we are a fee-for-service based studio. Depending on what type of services you prefer and how often you want to attend, we can easily recommend the most cost-effective pricing option for you.
What class should I take first? If you are new to group training, have any injuries, or haven't been able to maintain a consistent exercise regimen for the past six months, we recommend starting with our 3 Private Session Intro Offer or our New Client Welcome Package, especially if you are new to the Reformer or to TRX. This provides our expert trainers an opportunity to get to know you and what your body needs. They will introduce you to all of the equipment involved in our classes and work with you on form and functionality of key exercises so you feel prepared. Once you are ready to jump into a class, we recommend first focusing on building a strong foundation by starting with our Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer Classical Moves, Pilates Reformer A.B.A, and TRX Flex and Flow classes. These classes will teach you the following Foundational Principles of Movement: Breathing, Core Activation, Proper Pelvic and Spinal Alignment, and knowing when and how to Mobilize and Stabilize particular areas of the body. Once you feel comfortable with these principles and their cues, try Reformer Pulse, which includes the Pilates Jump Board and Orbit, or Reformer Core Burn, which focuses on complex movements that challenge stability, coordination, and control. When you are ready to up the intensity by adding in some cardio interval training, it's time to experience TRX Transformation and Sweat Therapy.
What should I be doing on a weekly basis and how many classes/training sessions do you recommend? We recommend following our Longevity Fitness training Method. Here is a sample week: Pilates: 2 - 3 days per week Classes: Pilates Mat, TRX Flex and Flow, Refomer classes
HIIT (high intensity interval training): 2 - 3 days per week Classes: TRX Transformation, Sweat Therapy
Steady State Cardio: 1 - 2 days per week 20 - 60 minutes of walking, jogging, running, cycling, etc. Ideally performed on the day after a HIIT workout as active recovery and to prevent stiffness.
Flexibility / Release Work: Daily While we incorporate stretching and release exercises into all of our classes, certain formats, such as TRX Flex and Flow, Pilates Mat, and Reformer Classical Moves, add an extra emphasis. We also offer Stretch and Foam Rolling workshops. If you do not already own a foam roller, we highly recommend having one to use at home as a great warm up to your day or release at the end of your day. Get a massage or try a Stretch Therapy session! Bodywork is very effective at releasing tension in the body, increasing circulation, and improving flexibility.
Although we would love to see you on a daily basis, we understand that it may not be possible to take classes at Longevity that often for a variety of reasons. That said, accountability is one of the keys to sticking with a solid fitness regimen, so we recommend having a plan already in place for what you will be doing on the days you don't come in for a class or session. Our expert trainers are happy to assist in developing a strategy that works for you!
Do I need to take private sessions before taking Pilates Reformer classes? We always strongly recommend starting with private sessions. It is not a requirement, though. Even if you have experience on the Pilates Reformer, you may want to start with Classical Moves, as our other classes, A.B.A., Pulse, and Core Burn, involve more contemporary exercises.
What do you mean by "experience recommended" for Pilates Reformer classes? By recommending experience prior to class, we mean either a history of private Pilates Reformer training or at least 5 Pilates Reformer classes. Our New Client Welcome Package or 3 Session Private Intro offer are perfect ways to become acclimated with the Pilates Reformer, the principles being taught, and the purpose behind them.
What is your late arrival policy? For safety reasons, there is no admittance 10 minutes after class start time.
What is your cancellation policy? Private sessions and body work appointments: 24 hours. All Pilates Reformer classes and Group Classes before 10am: 12 hours. Group Classes after 10am: 3 hours
I have injuries...can I still take class? While we do not recommend taking a class while injured, our classes are small, which means our instructors are able to adapt many exercises to suit clients with injuries, provided you are cleared by a physician and the instructor is notified ahead of time. Please note, given the nature of the class formats, Sweat Therapy, Reformer Core Burn, and Reformer Pulse are not appropriate for clients with injuries. For best results, begin with our New Client 3 Private Sessions Package. You'll be set up with everything you need to know about adapting our classes to work with your injuries. Should you need further rehabilitation, our Physical Therapist, Massage Therapists and Stretch Therapists are well prepared to work with you on regaining your strength and mobility.
I have a few other questions...how should I get in touch? We are always here to help! Feel free to give us a call, send an email, or drop by the front desk during our normal business hours.