Your First Pilates Class
With the arrival of Fall, you've likely settled into a new routine whether due to school or cooler days. It's a good time to consider refreshing your health and wellness routine. Pilates can become a regular addition or just a new activity for this season. If you've never taking a Pilates class or are considering a new studio, it's a good idea to take a private Pilates session to learn the basics and become familiar with the style of the studio. Here are some tips for getting started: 1) Check-out the studio's website to get a feel for the fit. Pilates, like many disciplines, has different styles that vary from being strict and rigorous to rehabilitation for an injury.
2) Consider your goal. What do you hope to get out of the private Pilates session? You might want to work on a specific exercise or increase the strength or flexibility of a specific area.
3) Dress accordingly. Yoga pants and a fitted top with slip-on shoes and socks are great choices. The instructor will want to be able to see any imbalances in how you move and some studios require socks be worn.
4) You might need a mat. When you call ask if mats are provided or if you can bring your own. Some studios do provide mats, but allow you to bring your own, so you can have your own piece of comfort. Keep in mind that Pilates mats are typically thicker than Yoga mats to protect the spine.
5) Try some options. If a particular studio doesn't seem the right fit then try others. When you find one that suits your style, then sign-up for a package for the best value. Pilates is a discipline for everybody and every body.