WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST PILATES CLASS?
The first class can be as much a mental workout as a physical one. However no one expects you to be perfect straight away so don’t panic – the instructor leading the class will make sure you’re exercising safely and at the correct level, so long as you are still breathing that’s a good enough start for the first few weeks. Don’t worry if you cannot seem to co-ordinate everything straight off. As with learning any new skill it takes time and practise. Pilates is non-competitive so you will work at your own level during each class. We’ll progress your exercises gradually and encourage you to move up to more intermediate exercises/progressions when you are ready.
It can take 6-8weeks to build muscle, and much longer if you’ve had pain or weakness in an area for a long time so whilst we can’t expect an overnight body transformation, you will notice the difference if you continue to come to class each week. You will feel; an increase in flexibility, reduced back pain, improved balance, improved muscle tone and strength, better posture and improved confidence to exercise as just a few of the benefits of our classes.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Other than yourself, not much. We supply all equipment, mats (however feel free to bring along your own mat if you wish) and apparatus that will be used in the class. We suggest you wear comfortable clothes such as comfortable leisure wear; a t-shirt with long shorts, bike shorts, leggings or joggers. We don’t wear shoes in Pilates so you can be in socks or go barefoot in class. Mobile phones must be turned off and left outside your studio room. No cameras, videos are permitted.
I HAVE AN INJURY. IS PILATES A GOOD IDEA FOR ME?
Pilates is excellent for someone who has finished physical therapy and has been cleared by their physician to go on with more movement conditioning. It is a system of body conditioning that is both gentle
and athletic, known for its rehabilitative and body transforming results.