All the positions and movements in Pilates are deliberate. The alignment of the body, the specific muscle groups engaged in an exercise, and the specialized breathing techniques all come together to sculpt the physique effectively. If your core isn’t activated correctly, or if your posture is wrong, you might not reap the full benefits of the workout. And while instructors might check your form during a regular Pilates class, they can only do so from time to time. A private one-on-one class, on the other hand, will allow your instructor to solely focus, adjust, and give insight on your movements.
Apart from offering feedback on your posture, a private class presents the following benefits that you won’t normally get from a regular class.
If it’s your first time doing Pilates, it’s recommended that you take 5–10 private classes before you participate in group exercises. The initial sessions will help you understand the core principles of the workout, including what it means to “activate your core” and “find your center.” They will also help you get a feel of how you move across a space, increasing your awareness of your physical strengths and weaknesses.
Even if you’re already attending group Pilates classes, doing private classes can help you recenter and improve on areas where you might still be lacking. Your instructor might also pick up on habits you’ve developed over time that need to be corrected.
Whether you’re a Pilates newbie or a pro, private classes can no doubt complement group classes, since you can then apply the things you learned in your private classes to your group classes.
Customized plan of development
Instructors would often take a one-size-fits-all approach when dealing with a class with mixed abilities. This strategy can be detrimental to a student’s development, as they might find the exercises too difficult and get demotivated, or advanced students might find them too easy and feel unchallenged.
Private classes, on the other hand, engage you in exercises that match your physical abilities. Your instructor can also design a course of exercises that will continuously challenge you and help you achieve higher limits. This kind of personalized plan ensures that you won’t hit a plateau and that you’ll keep getting stronger.
Attention to special needs
Because they have special needs, pregnant women, post-natal women, and injured people should never join a group class until their doctor and their instructor have approved the decision. An expectant mother, for example, might be given a regimen that targets her hip and pelvic floor to help prepare her for giving birth. A person who suffers from chronic back pain, meanwhile, might need to modify some exercises so they don’t further harm themselves.
You can also share your personal goals with a private Pilates trainer. If you want to have a better sense of balance, then your instructor can design a unique program that addresses your special goal.
People have different health needs and physical capabilities. Training is best when it’s personal. C2 Body offers private Pilates classes in South Boston and Dedham. Find one that fits your schedule and book a private class today.