Top 5 Questions When Starting Pilates

Starting-Pilates

When you first try something for the first time the number of questions that you will have are limitless. You want to learn everything there is to know. This is no different when starting Pilates.

During the last 12 months, we all have had more time to do things we never would have before – for many this was trying something new. For a lot of you, this was Pilates.

A lot of our new members were just like you – unsure of what exactly Pilates is, how it can benefit them and whether it was actually for them.

Due to this, we have put together the top five questions we have been asked recently, hopefully, you know a little bit more about Pilates after checking them out. Here they are;

  1. What is Pilates
  2. Am I too old / too unfit / too large for Pilates?
  3. How can Pilates help me?
  4. What should I wear to a class?
  5. Will I notice changes straight away?
  1. What is Pilates?
    Pilates is not just about great posture and a rock-hard core. It is more than just physical exercise and can radically enhance mental and emotional wellbeing. Pilates is essentially about re-educating your body and undoing any damage or cheat/compensatory movements your body has learned through years of abuse or lack of good exercise! By repeatedly moving in certain corrective positions, our musculature starts to retain a memory of how they feel, and in time will adapt to that better pattern automatically – without us having to think about them. This brings more balance to your body and prevents overstrain on muscles and joints – this gives less pain and helps you feel like you are stronger and more flexible. 

  2. Am I too old / too unfit / too large to do Pilates?
    No! There are no restrictions to starting Pilates. You can begin at any age, any fitness level and any shape and size!! You are more than welcome to our classes. Our Gentle Pilates is perfect for those over 60 who want to work at a nice pace and enjoy moving whilst reaping the benefits!! “A man is as young as his spinal column. If your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.” – Joseph Pilates.  If you are unsure which class would be best suited to you please contact us.

  3. How can Pilates help me?
    PiIates is great for the whole body: physically and mentally!  Strength and conditioning, toning and posture correction, maintenance of healthy joints, mobility and stress relief. Pilates leaves you feeling energised in mind and body.

  4. What should I wear to a class?
    Just wear something you are comfortable to move in, doesn’t have to be tight lycra but just not too baggy.

  5. Will I notice changes straight away?
    Most people find that even a handful of sessions is enough to start feeling fitter and stronger, but stick with it for about 10 sessions, and you will definitely feel improvements in your body.  Our regular clients will certainly say they notice the difference returning if they’ve missed classes for a week or two.  Like any sport, you are not going to become a pro after 1 session, Pilates takes a bit of practice to learn and as our understanding develops; we improve and benefit further again. It really is worth sticking at!

For more information about starting Pilates and the classes that we provide head over to our Pilates Home page.