Pilates is becoming one of the most popular ways to get fit nowadays. Its focus on strength-building, posture, and balance has won the hearts of its legions of loyal fans. But for newbies, Pilates, or any new fitness regimen may be intimidating. Navigating Pilates might confuse any beginner, especially once they see the different equipment that they would use during class.
Though it may look challenging, Pilates is a great way to get fit. It is low-impact and can suit any age and fitness level. You can be an athlete or just someone who wants to get fit, Pilates can be tailor-made to your needs.
If you are looking into signing up for a Pilates class but don’t know which one to take, you might want to consider some factors that can affect your practice before you commit to a specific class or studio. What are the different things that one should consider when choosing the right Pilates class? Read on to find out.
There is a common notion that Pilates classes are expensive. But there are ways in which you can still practice Pilates even on a limited budget. If you’re just starting, you can opt to sign up for a group class, wherein one instructor is handling not more than 15 people per group. For those who are new, it is still best to have a couple of one-on-one sessions with an instructor just to ensure that you got the basic moves down pat before you move on to group classes. But if budget is a concern, try to find out which among the time slots for group classes would have the least number of people and choose that specific class to maximize your time with the instructor.
Additionally, mat classes are generally more affordably priced but still offer the same quality of instruction as reformer classes (reformer classes are the ones with machines). Sign up for a Pilates mat first and you can move up to reformer classes once you can.
Another factor for choosing the right Pilates class is the studio’s location, and it all boils down to convenience. A studio that is closer to your home or workplace is more convenient than having to travel far to attend a class. Travel time to and from the studio, as well as how you are going to fit it in your schedule should be considered before you sign up for a class. Furthermore, there is a higher chance of you sticking to your Pilates practice if it;’s convenient for you to do so, therefore you should always consider the studio’s location.
Your comfort level in a particular class is another important factor in choosing a pilates class. If you think you would be uncomfortable dealing with reformer machines, then maybe you can start with a Pilates mat class. Some would find the mat boring, so they’d rather go for a reformer class. If you have no idea which one you’d feel more comfortable with, you can sign up for a trial class for both so you can better decide which one you would like to stick to in the long run.
Moreover, some classes are quiet and with little to no music playing at all, while music can be played in some classes to amp up the energy of the class. You can decide which one to take depending on your preference.
Just like any class, the Pilates instructor plays a big role in your success in the practice. Certified Pilates instructors know very well how to guide their students on the proper posture, alignment, and techniques in every move. They should be able to know which muscles each move is emphasizing, and be able to correct you if there is something wrong.
Aside from being knowledgeable about the Pilates philosophy, a good instructor is also someone you feel at ease with. You need to be able to tell your instructor how you feel about doing the different movements and positions, so go to someone who you find approachable and open.
5. Health goals
Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to improve your posture? Or maybe you have a special condition that Pilates can help you with, such as pregnancy or rehabilitation? There are several reasons why people practice Pilates and your chosen Pilates class should be something that can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
For those who are looking for ways to widen their social circle, a group class might be a good idea. Seniors who would want to continue being fit through Pilates can sign up for a class specially designed for their needs. If you are an athlete or you might be recovering from an injury, a special personalized Pilates class will be the best option for you, so that the instructor can modify the moves based on your current health status.
Looking for a good Pilates class would depend on your goals and needs. Here at Pilates North Brisbane, we offer different types of classes that can help you decide which one is the right class for you. Give us a call and your first class will be on us. We’ll also give you a pair of Pilates socks as a welcome gift!