Pilates is made up of over 500 muscle group-specific exercises designed to strengthen every inch of the body from the core outward. It might sound daunting, but it’s not, especially if you’re adequately prepared for it. Here’s a list of do's and don'ts if you’ve never been to a Pilates class before:
- Wear proper attire
- Choose an outfit that’s comfortable but not loose. Form is important in Pilates, so your instructor should be able to check your poses and movements at any given time during the class. A form-fitting shirt and a pair of leggings should do the trick.
- Pilates doesn’t require shoes. But instead of going barefoot, wear grip socks. You’ll need them to avoid slipping, since Pilates has exercises that test your balance and centering.
- Manage your hair. You don’t want your locks blocking your vision or sticking to your face. Use hair clips or hair bands to secure your mane.
- Go bare-faced. Expect to sweat a lot. If you wear makeup, it can run and stain your clothes or the studio equipment. It can also feel sticky and uncomfortable, hindering your ability to concentrate.
- Focus. Pilates requires a strong connection between mind and body. Among other things, you are expected to pay attention to how your weight is distributed and how your muscles are put to work during a particular exercise.
- Let your instructor know about special conditions or injuries you might have. This will help the instructor make Pilates classes safer and more effective for you.
- Listen to your instructor. They are certified experts who know how to train people with different abilities, injuries, and weaknesses. They know what exercises will strengthen you or correct your posture, so pay careful attention to their instructions.
- Listen to your body. You’re the only person who knows your limits, so if something hurts or doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to call the attention of your instructor.
- Don’t wear accessories that can cause inconvenience or injury. You will do a wide range of movements during class, so avoid wearing belts, jewelry, or clothes with drawstrings or tassels that can get caught or lost during the session.
- Don’t modify exercises on your own. Every exercise in Pilates has been curated and developed to achieve specific results, and altering them on your own can cause accidents or injuries. If you find the exercise either too difficult or too easy, tell your instructor so they can make the necessary adjustments for you.
- Don’t use equipment that you don’t know how to use. Pilates sometimes uses light equipment like stability balls or weights, and it’s best to use them with your instructor’s guidance to avoid hurting yourself.
- Don’t go to class without warming up. Warm-up loosens tight muscles and prepares your body to handle more intense exercises. If you skip it, you risk pulling your muscles or getting joint injuries.
- Don’t be late. Pilates classes follow a particular flow, so you can’t simply join anytime you want. The rule of thumb is to arrive 10–15 minutes before class and to use that extra time to do warm-up exercises.
Note that if you’ve never done Pilates, it’s advised that you take several private, one-on-one sessions before you start joining class exercises. These private classes will provide you with the basic foundations of the exercise, so you can easily follow class exercises with minimal instruction.
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