Have you always wanted to try a pilates class but felt intimidated? You’re not alone. The reformer machine with its tricky straps and springs along with the tough terminology are reason enough to be scared off. Whatever’s been holding you back- now is the time to let it go and try your first class! Pilates is great for the body, no matter your fitness background. You’ll improve alignment, posture, balance, flexibility and feel more in touch with your body. Oh, and how could we forget to mention that core workout! We know you’re listening now, so read on to hear more about the amazing workout that is: pilates.
- There Are 2 Types Of Pilates Classes: There are mat and reformer classes. Mat class involves just that, a mat, and most of your movements will happen either standing up or laying down on this cushioned yoga mat. If you’re not using a mat, you’ll use the reformer machine, a bed-like frame with a sliding platform designed back in 1920 by Joseph Pilates.
- Other Equipment Does Exist: Most beginner classes won’t incorporate these pieces of equipment, but we thought we’d mention them anyway. The most common Pilates equipment is the Wunda (a low chair), the Cadillac (a bed-like structure with a canopy frame (for advanced students only)), the spine corrector, the high chair and the Magic Circle (a resistance ring).
- You’ll Be Sore The Next Day: During class, you’ll feel your muscles burning, and not because of squats or heavy dumbells, but because of the bodyweight exercises. The Pilates Hundred is a move that involves only 1 inch of movement, but the constant movement will make your abs absolutely burn.
- Formfitting Clothes Are Best: Ditch the baggy clothes and shorts- formfitting leggings or pants and a tight long sleeve or tank top is best. This lets the instructor see your form and ensures nothing gets stuck in the machine.
- Mix Pilates With Other Forms Of Exercise: National Pilates training manager at Equinox, Carrie Samper, says, “Pilates stretches, strengthens, and aligns your body all at the same time. With that said, it also complements every other fitness endeavor because it prepares your body to move better in every way. Adding it into your routine will help you lift heavier weights, run faster, swim with better form, or even achieve that elusive arm balance in yoga.”