What to expect from your first Pilates class

It goes without saying that Pilates is for every body! No matter your age, gender, fitness level or body type – Pilates is for you. If you’ve never done Pilates before, welcome! You’ve landed in a pretty great place to become acquainted. Before you begin any session, with any trainer of any discourse, it’s good to recognise that we’re all different. While one class may be slow and steady, another trainer may prefer fast and sweaty. We all understand that our style isn’t going to suit everybody, so don’t be afraid to ‘shop around’ until you find your perfect fit – I promise we won’t take it personally.

  1. What should you wear?
    Wear something that you can move freely in, but which is relatively form fitting so that we can see how your body is moving. Generally speaking, a singlet/t-shirt and tights does the trick. If you’re heading to a studio, make sure you take a pair of socks as some have strict rules for hygiene reasons.
  2. What do you do when you arrive for your class?
    Always try to arrive at least 5-10 minutes early, this will give you time to familiarise yourself with the environment, introduce yourself to the instructor, and set yourself up on a Reformer machine or in the matwork studio.
  3. Should you consider some private classes before jumping into a group class?
    It’s not a bad idea to have at least one private session, if you’re brand new to Pilates, before joining a group class. Reason being is that you will then come to know a few of the terms which are used, which will allow you to get the most out of the group classes. It’s not compulsory though, if you’re relatively active and you’re injury free then why not jump into a group class and learn as you go! Ultimately it all depends on your learning style.
  4. What should you bring to Pilates?
    A water bottle, a mat, potentially some socks, and yourself! Some studios will supply the mat for you, and some don’t, it’s best to check ahead of time so you can be prepared. If you don’t own a mat, you can get them as cheap as $10 from Big W!
  5. What if you have injuries?
    Don’t stress – just tell your instructor what injuries you have before the class, and they will do the rest. Most exercises in Pilates can be altered to suit, and if not, a different exercise which achieves the same or similar result can be given to you.
  6. Nervous? Been a while since you exercised?
    No worries – we’ve all been that person at one stage or another! Start with a private session to whip up some confidence, or just set yourself up at the back of the class until you’re ready to move on up.
  7. Will you feel it the next day?
    Whether you’re a keen athlete or a first-timer, you will feel it the next day. Pilates is designed to work every muscle in your body, big or small, but the good news is that you won’t feel stiff and sore. You will more likely feel lengthened and perhaps even taller! In the following days you may get some DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and that is perfectly fine and expected.
  8. How many times should you practice Pilates per week?
    Joseph Pilates recommended roughly every second day, making it around 4 times a week. However, it is up to you and what you feel your body can take on! Start steady and build up when you’re ready, every person is different.

If you have any questions or are still feeling a little nervous, get in touch with me via the Contact tab at the top right of this page!

A xo

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