Now that the year 2020 just got started, trying out any new fitness classes is a must-have in your healthy goals list. For beginners, it may appear to be a bit intimidating but if you are planning to join in a pilates class then you will be surprised that there’s this vibe you’ll get like avoiding what you’re doing.
If you’re still feeling hesitant to try Pilates classes then give yourself a little push to enroll in your first class. Pilates offers many health benefits to your body, no matter what fitness background you are in. It helps improve your posture, focus on bodily alignment, and execute one core workout.
Below are some tips a Pilates newbie should learn to enjoy their first class.
- Know the two kinds of Pilates class. They’re called the mat classes and reformer classes.
You’ll be engaging in a class that is based on either a mat, that is a bit thicker compared to a basic yoga mat, to cushion pressure points, or a machine called a reformer. It has a sliding platform that comes with a stationary foot bar, pulleys, and springs which gives resistance. Remember that you have to learn which one is your preference before committing to your workout.
Regardless of what class you choose, just be sure to inform your instructor that you’re a beginner. In that way, they will be closely monitoring you throughout the class and you a variety of adjustments.
- Get acquainted with the equipments you will use. Although they won’t probably show up in most beginner Pilates mat classes.
Most Pilates mat classes don’t demand any equipment other than a mat which is commonly provided. However, there are other classes where using different equipment is a great addition to the reformer. The most frequent are the Wunda, a low chair with padding and springs, the Cadillac which appears to be similar-looking with a bed with a canopy frame and is used in many ways for advanced students. Moreover, the spine corrector, high chair and Magic Circle, and a ring are often used in between your legs to provide resistance.
- Pilates functions on numerous muscle groups.
Pilates is not limited to particular body parts. It shifts your focus on your core and trunk, although it doesn’t only mean your abs. Even if Pilates is purposely labeled as a workout for the core or abdominal muscles, it is still essential that clients are aware that the core involves the whole trunk, which is the abdominal, hips, inner, and outer thighs including the back. This assures that the workout anticipates your entire body.
- Formfitting clothes and socks are the best choice to wear!
The most preferred outfit whenever it involves exercise is loose-fitting workout wear but as for Pilates, you would want to go for a body-hugging choice. In this way, you can see your body movements clearly plus it prevents your clothes from getting caught in springs or other equipment.
You can scrap the shorts and leave them at home too since there are many exercises in Pilates that involves lying down and your legs flexing above you. Of course, you don’t want your shorts to move up so better wear capris or leggings, tank tops or fitted long-sleeved shirts.
Moving to footwear, you can either go barefoot or wear socks for your classes. Most studios provide their own preferred protocol. It is best if you go to the studio’s website and send them a message or ask the front desk about their rules.
If you are going for socks then grab yourself a pair that comes with a rubber detailing on the soles so you don’t slip on the machine or mat. Being on barefoot or socks alone method will guide you in and out of the straps on a standard reformer easily.
- Make Pilates as a part of your regular fitness plan.
There are studios where they offer unlimited classes for the first week but here’s a tip, don’t plan on jumping into a class daily. You need to consider the fact that your body needs one to two days to recover from exhausting resistance like Pilates.
Overall, Pilates extends, strengthens, and supports your body all at the same time. It also compliments every other fitness efforts since it develops your body movements. Putting this into your routine will improve your weight lifting ability, running and swimming pace or even attain that subtle arm balance in yoga.