Just as no smart warrior goes to a battle unprepared, a Pilates student should always be equipped to tackle the challenges of each class. But it’s difficult to know exactly what to prepare for if it’s your first time to attend a session. If you still don’t know what to expect in a Pilates class, read on. From how to dress up to how to condition your mind, we got you covered!
- Talk to your instructor beforehand – Approach your instructor outside of class to discuss your fitness goals or special needs. Tell them if you have a particular muscle group you want to strengthen, or disclose if you have a condition that needs to be taken into consideration, like previous injuries, bone misalignments, or spinal disproportions. Knowing about these will aid your instructor in designing a session that’s both effective and safe.
- Arrive early – To be “on time” for a Pilates class is to come to class around 10–15 minutes before your session starts. Use this time to warm up so that by the time class starts, your muscles are already activated and stretched. This will help avoid pulling or straining your muscles during exercises.
- Wear proper attire – Choose an outfit that fits just right. Avoid baggy or flowy clothes since your instructor should be able to see your form when you perform an exercise. On top of this, don’t wear anything that can cause inconvenience or injury, like jewelry, belts, or tassels.
- Shoes aren’t needed – Ditch the shoes, but don’t go barefoot. You will be doing balancing and centering exercises, so wear grippy socks to prevent yourself from slipping.
- Don’t chat during class – You can be friendly to the people in your class, but don’t use class time to chat. A Pilates session has a certain flow, and you need to be focused the whole time to get the best results. Don’t worry! There will be breaks in between routines, and you can use this free time to get to know your class.
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- Expect to use light training equipment – To add intensity to Pilates workouts, your instructor might incorporate equipment like weights and mini balls into the routine. These objects may be difficult to balance at first, but that’s why you’re taking Pilates. After several sessions, your body will be able to maneuver them with ease.
- Prepare to shake – Pilates is a whole-body workout, so expect that your muscles will get fatigued. And when they do, they will also start to shake. No need to fret, though. This just means you’re doing more than what your muscles are used to doing. As you keep going to your Pilates classes, your muscles will get used to the stress and the tension of the workout and will shake less.
Pilates shouldn’t be intimidating nor daunting. It should only help you strengthen and heal. At the C2 Body studios, our welcoming instructors are available every day to help you reshape your life with Pilates. Check our schedule and book a class with us today.