Pilates Classes - What You Need to Know Before You Go

pilates classesIf you are a Pilates novice, but want to partake of the many benefits that come with this full-body workout, then there are a few things you need to know before your first Pilates class. It can be intimidating to go into a new workout without knowing what to do, what to expect, or how you are going to like it. Pilates classes are a great workout for beginners or people trying to start back into a workout routine. Most Pilates moves can be modified, to make them do-able for almost any fitness level, while still being effective at raising your heart rate and toning your muscles. The following suggestions are just a few things you ought to know before attending your first class. With these in mind, you are more than likely to have a great first Pilates experience. What to Bring

It is not uncommon to worry about what to bring to your first Pilates class. After all, you may be intimidated by seasoned class members, or feel uncomfortable in new environments. Typically, you do not need much for your first class. Always bring a cold bottle of water to keep hydrated throughout and after the workout. Depending on where the class is being held, you may also want to bring toe-socks. Toe socks are a special gripping sock designed for pilates. They allow you to hold positions on the reformer without slipping. HIP Studio sells toe-socks at the counter. If you don’t have a pair be sure to show up a few minutes early to get one.

Appropriate Pilates Attire

Your Pilates attire should be based solely on your taste and comfort level. While you may want to look cute for your workout, remember that functionality is just as important as appearance. For women, be sure to wear a supportive sports bra that isn’t too tight. This will allow you to participate in all of the exercises comfortably. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of movement. Most of our students like to wear pants or Capri pants and a comfortable, supportive top allowing your body to move across the reformer quickly and comfortably.

The Best Results come with a Positive Attitude and Determination

When attending your first Pilates class, remember that you probably will not be perfect at it on your first try. Like most workouts, you will gradually gain strength and endurance with continued determination. If you set your mind to accomplishing goals in your Pilates class, you will see progress and success with a positive outlook and continued attempts. For your first workout, it is okay to push yourself a little bit to get yourself into the swing of things, but also know your limits. Don’t overexert yourself to the point of exhaustion or injury. These two beginner mistakes can lead to the inability to continue with your workout program, or a lack of motivation. By gradually working up to your goals you will see all that you can achieve, and more fully enjoy the benefits of your hard work and effort.