Are you new to Pilates? Here we give you some fundamental information about Pilates for Beginners.
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on balance, posture, strength and flexibility. It’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
You don’t need to have done any Pilates before to do a class, which lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The benefits are nearly endless, applying to all age groups and demographics – seriously, it’s all backed by science. We’ll spare you the need of having to read 20 case studies (unless you want to, of course), and tell you simply that Pilates has proven to:
Pilates can be done with or without props; alone or with a group. Here are some examples of the different ways you can practice Pilates – at least one of which will fit both your budget and schedule: Let us know if this Pilates for beginners is helping you.
PROS: one-on-one lessons ensure that you are getting exactly what your body needs. You want to seek out a well-trained and certified Pilates teacher who can fully understand your body. They will be able to modify the exercises to meet your specific needs.
NOTE: Selecting your Pilates teacher is similar to selecting a hairstylist. You will communicate better with some than you do with others, and you will like some teaching styles over others. If you fall hard for the first teacher with whom you book a private session, stick with him/her! There is such a thing as love at first sight! But if you walk out feeling tense, frustrated, or disappointed you should schedule a session with someone else. You won’t regret playing the field to find “the one.”
CONS: only one – private Pilates sessions are indeed expensive. After all, you are spending time with an educated teacher who is giving you, and only you, their full attention for an hour. You will likely use at least one piece of Pilates apparatus: the Cadillac, a Ladder Barrel, and/or a Reformer. Teaching apparatus work requires comprehensive training and knowledge. You’re not paying for the hour. You’re paying for years of study and experience.
PROS: even more affordable than group Reformer classes and usually offered as part of a standard gym schedule, so you often don’t even need to seek out specific studios. Mat classes tend to be the least intimidating of all Pilates, because they feel more like other classes you may have taken, such as yoga, Barre, or stretch class. Some Pilates mat classes include just your body and a mat, while others include the use of small props such as a ball, ring, or band.
CONS: usually more crowded than Reformer classes, meaning that there is little individual attention and you’re often “on your own” when it comes to following cues and making sure you’re in proper alignment. Also, without the help of the springs, it can be harder to find the resistance in each exercise since you have to create this feeling by yourself.
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