So, you have started your Pilates journey – great! You are going to love it. Taking Pilates classes regularly can be very rewarding in more than one way. You will sweat, challenge yourself, and feel very accomplished afterward. In this article, we will look at the 5 best tips that will help you to get the most out of your Pilates class.
Your Pilates teacher will help you during your class. They will instruct and guide you throughout the whole class, no matter if it is a private Pilates class or a group one. However, knowing a few useful tips on your own will help you to get the most out of your class.
We breathe automatically. This means, that we will not need to think about inhaling and exhaling – it simply happens on its own. However, Pilates breathing is a whole different thing. As your instructor will tell you, you will have to breathe using your deep abdominals and to exhale all the air out.
In addition, you will be encouraged to keep your core engaged while doing so. In fact, breathing “consciously” while executing different exercises can be somewhat challenging. This being the case, you should focus on your breathing more than anything else. Your Pilates instructor will praise you!
When executing exercises where you are required to stretch one way or another, give it everything you have. Imagine that every single muscle fiber is lengthening and stretching. Think about adding a couple more inches to your legs, arms, and even spine.
From the very beginning, your Pilates instructor will tell you to keep your pelvis tucked. You should imagine that the lowest of your ribs “closes” towards your hip bones, thus engaging your abdomen. The feeling you get from this motion is what you should keep with you throughout the whole class.
There will be a time during the class when your muscles (specifically your core) will feel like burning. That is the time to push harder, not quit. Trust us – you will learn to love it, no matter how uncomfortable it might be in the beginning!
The best way to get the most out of your Pilates class is to ask questions. If anything is unclear, ask your teacher. You pay for the class (most likely), so you should get your money’s worth. And, your Pilates teacher appreciates all questions. So, do not hesitate to ask for clarification or advice!
If you reside on Long Island, you can contact us to take Pilates Great Neck classes. If you reside elsewhere, contact your local Pilates studio to get started. No matter what your fitness level is, or what you have done in the past, taking a Pilates class once or twice a week (or more often) will definitely be beneficial for you.
If you are an aspiring Pilates instructor, be sure to check out our transfer student program.