If this is your first time taking a Pilates class you may feel a bit wary about the class, which is completely normal. But don’t be afraid, we are here to give you some tips to help you prepare for a Pilates class so you can walk in with confidence.
Pilates is an excellenttotal body workout that focuses on core strength, improving balance and alignment, as well as posture. Whether you are working on the mat or on the machine, you are going to get an incredible head to toe workout. But first and foremost it is important to properly prepare for a Pilates class, especially if it is your first time.
First, make sure to tell your instructor that you are a beginner.
This helps the instructor by letting them know you may need modifications to a move or they may offer you form adjustments throughout the class. It is also extremely important to tell your instructor if you have or have had any injuries. This helps both you and the instructor by making sure you do not further injure yourself with a move or put yourself in a position that may put strain on your body.
Much like any other workout, you may feel soreness in your body following your Pilates class.
It is important to properly stretch before and after each class, as well as drink water. Drinking water helps to regulate your body temperature, keep you hydrated, lubricate your joints and transport nutrients through your body to keep you healthy, hydrated and energized. If you find yourself sore the next day try using a foam roller to help break up adhesions and scar tissue and speed up the healing and recovery process after your workout, especially if you are new to Pilates. Your body may not be used to working those muscles in the certain ways Pilates targets them, plus foam rolling is a great way to give yourself an affordable deep tissue massage!
Like Yoga, Pilates is best practiced barefoot.
If you prefer to wear socks, that is okay too, but just make sure your socks have rubber detailing so you do not slip on the mat or machine. Practicing Pilates barefoot, or in socks, will help you navigate in and out of the straps on a standard reformer with ease, as well as connect you with the mat to keep you grounded and balanced.
As for what to wear, it is recommended to wear formfitting clothing.
This helps you by making sure you do not get caught on the springs during your workout, if you are using the machines. This will also help you and your instructor by allowing the instructor to ensure you are executing the movements correctly.
If you are unsure of the lingo, try researching some of the terms beforehand.
Although, your instructor will more than likely offer you an explanation or preform the move beforehand to give you a visual example. If you find yourself still unsure about a move, don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for extra assistance. It is better to be informed rather than injured. You may also miss out on the benefits of the movement by doing something improperly if you are not completely sure of how to preform the move. If you are more on the shy side, it is also completely okay to look over at your classmates who have been to the class before to see if you are properly executing each move.
Finally, if you find yourself to have fallen in love with Pilates after your first class, that is awesome!
But, make sure that you give your body a day or two to rest and recover. During that time of rest and recovery make sure you are drinking plenty of water and stretching as often as you can. Make sure you take care of yourself by following a well-rounded fitness plan that includes rest and recovery.
Pilates is a very rewarding complement to a Yoga practice, so if you are interested in adding Pilates to your wellness routine, try checking out one of the group circuit classes we offer weekly, or our Pilates With Props mat class. We also offer one-on-one and duet sessions in which you can get the full focus and attention from the instructor on you to ensure that your first Pilates class is a success! We hope to see you in the studio soon and wish you luck as you begin your Pilates journey.