Pilates for Beginners: Getting Started
Here we set the myths straight to help you gain a better understanding and prepare you for what to expect during your first pilates session.
You won’t need to bring much with you to the pilates studio. The studio usually provides any equipment that might be needed for the workout. However, you may wish to bring a water bottle and a face towel.
There are a few things to consider when you dress for a pilates workout. First, make sure your clothes give enough to let you move and stretch fully. Your instructor will need to be able to see your body well enough to see the alignment of your bones and how your muscles are engaging, so while loose is ok, baggy is not. Pilates is usually done barefoot, or wearing grip socks.
Pilates exercises follow a systematic order that stretch and strengthen muscles and are executed with precision through concentrated breath, control and centering (using the core). It is quality over quantity and because of this, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated.
There’s no need to be flexible already, Pilates wants you just as you are. Tight muscles, poor coordination, back pain… Bring It!
Regardless of your fitness level, we advise beginners to start with our pre-pilates class exercises to build a strong foundation of the principles, and correct technique of the movements. Pilates is very dynamic even in the beginning and even pre-pilates exercises done correctly can be challenging. We will show you how at the initial assessment.
We suggest up to 3 sessions per week when you begin, to better understand the proper exercise technique, and handling of the apparatus.
Expect to communicate, listen, get corrections, and receive feedback from your Instructor whether in a small group class or a private session. And expect to move from the very start! You’ll perform the order of exercises while your instructor cues you toward correct form, breath, and alignment.