If you have read our blog posts before, you may have already learned that anyone can do Pilates. In fact, we have mentioned on multiple occasions that anyone regardless of fitness level or age can do Pilates. But can kids do Pilates as well? In this article, we will take a closer look at exercises for children.
Frankly put, yes. Kids can do Pilates, too. The best type of classes for kids, however, is mat Pilates. This is because children of a certain age cannot yet do resistance training, such as use weights. Using weights or doing other resistance training when they ate too young can damage the kids’ ligaments or joints. However, children can safely do bodyweight exercises, such as mat classes.
Pilates is just as beneficial for children as it is for adults. Kids can experience better balance and flexibility, increased strength, and even relaxation and a calmer mind. Taking classes and focusing on certain exercises and things one at a time can help kids to focus better and to channel their energy the right way.
You should note, that not all trained instructors take on kids. Training children requires a special skill, and not everyone has that. All studio instructors do not study exercising children and do not know how to take their physical development into account. This being the case, you should not bring your child to your Pilates class without asking your instructor first.
Usually, private Pilates lessons are easier to arrange for kids, as they tend to need a special program and more attention from the teacher, too. If you do book a private Pilates class for your child, you should be present too – at least the first time.
Older teenagers, who are closer to 18 years, can start doing resistance training and using weights as well. They can also do reformer Pilates, as they can reach the handles and they are already tall enough to use it. Teenagers can do Pilates, for instance, to support other sports that they do, such as dance, swimming, or cheerleading.
In fact, doing Pilates together with your child can be a wonderful weekly thing to do together. You can attend Pilates classes together or do a semi-private class. You and your child can learn and encourage each other, as well as keep each other accountable. And let’s face it: doing Pilates is more fun when you have company.
If you want to get started with your kid, you should contact your local studio and instructors. They can point you in the right direction and sometimes you might even be able to attend their classes. If you reside on Long Island, do not hesitate to give me a ring or shoot over an email – I will be happy to help you.
Please, take into account that agreeing on a class with your kid is a thing we look at on a case-by-case basis. What are you waiting for?