When you think of Pilates, do you imagine a young dancer perfecting complex moves with impeccable grace and agility? While dancers have flocked to Pilates classes, the method is for everyone from all walks of life.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of the method, confidently believed that anyone can and should do his exercise saying, “The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”
Ready to enjoy the mind and body benefits of Pilates? Here is what you need to get started with Pilates.
What do you need to get started with Pilates?
While Pilates is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, anyone new to Pilates will benefit from quality instruction. Look for a fully certified instructor. If you have any pre-existing conditions, be sure to let them know. You’ll gain maximum benefits from your sessions, as well as keep you safe.
If you’re looking to practice Pilates at home, there are several online classes you can take, including those at ProHealth. Online classes with ProHealth have the added benefit of live instructor training. They give instant feedback as if you’re in the studio with them. If you live near a Pilates studio, take a few in-person classes. This will ensure you’re doing the exercises correctly and safely.
Do you need to be in shape to start Pilates?
No matter where you are in your health journey, Pilates can work for you. Pilates exercises can be modified for someone who has never exercised a day in their life, to professional athletes. Joseph Pilates developed his method while working with wounded military members during WWI.
Today, Pilates is often used during physical therapy or as a transition away from PT. Many devoted clients at ProHealth came to love Pilates after graduating from ProHealth PT.
Tips for getting started with Pilates
Before beginning any new exercise plan, speak with your doctor first. Knowing your full medical history, they may suggest sharing specific health conditions with your instructor. Additionally, they may also be able to recommend a qualified studio or instructor who is experienced in working with clients who have similar medical conditions.
Pilates instructors who teach on the apparatus must complete a comprehensive certification requiring at least 450 hours of apprentice time. Training should include observation, practical application and passing multiple exams on teaching techniques, anatomy and Pilates method exercises. If you’re looking solely for a Pilates mat instructor, the trainee hours will be less. All instructors at ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates are fully certified on all apparatus and some have additional training in physical therapy and yoga.
Dress comfortably in Pilates and be ready to move. Avoid wearing anything too loose or with excessive fabric that could snag on a piece of equipment. You can wear grip socks or go barefoot.
Joseph Pilates famously said, “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”. Keep that in mind if you’re tempted to give up after a few classes.
Beginning a new exercise plan is commendable. But sticking with it until it becomes a habit is admirable. Stay encouraged and be your own best cheerleader. Celebrate small victories along the way. It can be as simple as sharing your tenth completed class with a friend. Or going out for a movie after 20 classes.
If you’re ready to try Pilates today, ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates is the best Pilates studio in Fayette County, GA. Classes are available online and in person. Book your class today!