Home workouts suddenly became trendy, all thanks to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. A lot of fitness gyms and studios shut down for a couple of months to help curb the spread of the virus. As a result, everybody began working out at home out.
As cities began to reopen, so as health and fitness establishments. Gyms and studios are now opened and it is relatively safer to head out of the house. But with the plethora of available Pilates resources online, do you need to practice Pilates in a studio or would you rather practice on your own at the comforts of your home? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of working out at home and in a studio.
Pilates Home Workout: The good side
As Dorothy once said, "There's no place like home". The biggest advantage of working out at home is that you are doing it at the comfort of your turf. That also means that you have complete control at what time you want to practice Pilates. When you're working out home, there is no need for you to factor in factors such as instructor's schedule, traffic, and other errands.
Another good thing about working out at home is that it is cheaper compared to a studio. There are several free online resources you can watch for your practice. You would only need to have your mat and socks, et voila! You're ready to get your Pilates on.
Pilates Home Workout: The bad side
While it is great to work out in your own home, there are still some drawbacks. One of the major downsides of working out at home is that you'll miss out on the guidance of a Pilates instructor. Sure, you can follow the moves you see on the screen, but how can you be sure that you're doing it correctly? Having an instructor can help you perform the moves correctly. You can also be sure that you are hitting the right muscle groups that each move would focus on.
With the helpful and keen eye of an instructor, you are not just doing the moves correctly, you can also ensure that you are safe while practicing Pilates. This is an important factor to consider especially for beginners.
Another negative side of working out at home is that your practice will be limited to the mat. When you work out at a studio, you get a wide range of Pilates exercises, from the mat to the reformer machines and other tools in between. Unless you have the space and the know-how of these tools and machines, Pilates home workouts will most likely be done on the mat, and that means you would be missing out on a lot of other Pilates benefits.
A Pilates studio is made with ambiance in mind. The environment is quiet and distractions are little to nonexistent. The studio is conducive for a mindful Pilates practice, which is what Pilates is all about.
However, working out at home may not have the same feel. When you are at home, it's easier to get distracted by the things around you. Having a small space would also be a challenge, especially if you have housemates that might be less than cooperative (ahem, kids). Having a chaotic environment can be detrimental to your Pilates session.
Why work out in a studio
While working out at home may have its perks, at the end of the day, nothing still beats working out in a studio. The studio membership fees would make up for the cozy ambiance, the guidance of a knowledgeable instructor, and the use of a wide range of Pilates moves, from the mat to the machines.
For some people, the cost of studio classes would be enough to motivate them to work out regularly. When you are at home things like your bed, Netflix or the fridge are calling out to you and exercising can be a challenge.
Working out at home can have its perks, but also comes with disadvantages. If you know that exercising at home is more in your zone, then good for you! But there are still a lot of advantages of practicing Pilates in a studio, especially for beginners who are new to the Pilates or to exercise in general. Plus, going to a Pilates studio is a good excuse to splurge on some cute work out clothes, don't you think?
Book a session with us today and you'll see that Pilates in the studio is still the best way to go. Call us or leave us a message for your complimentary Pilates class! And there's no need for you to bring your Pilates socks, we'll give you one for free!