You’ve heard that Pilates is a great way to keep fit, but you’re not sure whether it’s right for you. Many people are put off by the idea of Pilates because they assume it’s only suitable for dancers and other athletes—and that it’s going to be really hard work! Luckily, this isn’t the case at all; Pilates can be enjoyed by anyone looking to improve their strength and flexibility, regardless of their fitness level or physical abilities.
BENEFITS OF PILATES
When starting a new exercise program, it can be intimidating to think about all of your options. It’s important to remember that if you’re a beginner to fitness, any exercise routine is better than none at all. In other words, even if it feels a little out of your comfort zone or you don’t know exactly how to get started, committing to a little bit of something is better than doing nothing at all. That said, there are definitely some benefits associated with Pilates. When compared to other workouts, it focuses on breathing and alignment. These core fundamentals will benefit anyone looking for improvement in their body awareness and overall health and wellness. And of course, when compared to sitting around watching TV (or whatever else we end up wasting our time with), these kinds of efforts in exercise are definitely good ones.
If you’re just getting started with Pilates, don’t be discouraged by thoughts that it might be too hard. There are modifications for all exercises to help you work at your own pace. At HOUSE OF SCULPT, we provide modifications throughout all our online Pilates classes so that you can move safely at your own pace. No one will judge for taking extra time on an exercise; instead, we encourage people to modify and focus on their form. Everyone progresses at a different rate! So if an exercise is new and challenging—take time to rest and reset. Focus on YOUR body and YOUR movement.
YES PILATES IS CHALLENGING, BUT YOU CAN DO IT!
It’s very important to keep in mind that your first few sessions will not be easy. You may feel a little uncoordinated and clumsy at first, but once you start to get familiar with proper form, you will quickly begin to see and feel improvements. At HOUSE OF SCULPT, we recommend taking at least two online Pilates classes per week until you’re comfortable. Some people find that three Pilates classes per week can be more effective to increase body awareness & build strength. However, what is most important with Pilates is consistency, even one class per week is enough to reap the benefits of Pilates!