Anyone do Pilates and love it? At home or at the gym?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014


Barbiestylez:  I’ve just started taking Pilates reformer classes, so I’m by no means an expert….BUT, in my experience so far, the reformer can be a bit complicated and form is extremely important to achieving good results with Pilates and getting the most out of your workout. I love it, but I would definitely recommended taking some classes, at least at first, rather than investing all that money in a reformer and trying to figure it out on your own.

Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I loved doing pilates, but the studios all seem to be closing 🙁

You do not want to just get on a reformer without a few classes.  I did one private lesson and a bunch of mat classes before going to equipment, and there was still a big learning curve.  It would be really easy to hurt yourself if you do something wrong with a spring.

Post # 4
25 posts

I LOVE pilates; my BF and I do a duet (private) session about once a week. If you can afford it, I would totally reccommend doing small group classes or even private lessons. It seems like pilates is something that you can easily do wrong and you just won’t get the full benefit of it if you’re not watching (or having someone else watch) your movements very closely. 🙂 I love how low impact it is, but still how it leaves me feeling like I have totally worked out. However, I wouldn’t get a reformer quite yet – there is a ton that you can do without one and with your own body’s resistance. 

Post # 5
6 posts

I do pilates at my gym 2x a week and I love it. I’m a dental hygienist and I used to have lower back pain before starting it, but now since my core is strong I don’t have any! Also, once you go to a few classes you’ll remember the moves so you can do it at home too. Definitely give it a try.

Post # 6
7911 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I love it-
Gives you sexy long muscles

Post # 7
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I do pilates right now once a week but I’m bumping it back to twice a week this upcoming week. This is in addition to running 5 days a week, weights 3 days a week and swiming 1 day a week (about to also go to 2). In the past I’ve done pilates 3-4 days a week when I ran less. Pilates is a great exercise I do mine at home but I’ve done a lot of pilates in the past and I understand how the form needs to be held. To start take a few classes. Know you may not lose weight with exercise I remember you being pretty thin in your wedding photos. I’ve actually put on 10 pounds with exercise but I wear the same size my body fat is just much lower.

Post # 8
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Barbiestylez:  I’ve never done pilates but I am working with a friend of mine who is a kick-ass trainer. She swears against machines beyond elipticals and bikes because the ergonomics of them at best may not be working muscle groups as well as free weights, stretching, and yoga and at worst can cause injury. She also firmly believes that machines are a waste of money because there is nothing you need to do that you can’t find in your own home. When I asked about buying “stuff” she said I would be better off spending 50$ in free weights and spend the rest on a trainer that will show me correct, safe, targeted ways to lose weight and then I can do the rest on my own. I trust her, not just because she’s a friend, but because she is one of the top trainers in Boston, has degrees in this stuff, can charge top dollar, and trains some pretty “important” people.

I’m bartering my training sessions with her, so technically they are free. But if I had $500 to spend on exercise, I would rather spend it on being shown what to do rather than figure it out on my own. She has me doing squats so much so that for two days I could barely walk up stairs. I just started, so I haven’t seen any results, but trust me, in a month or two I will be posting pics. 

Also, another Bee turned me on to the Bikini Mommy. Her website is here

She is an inspiration and shows how you can work out from home and look great. Her before/after testemonials are awesome. I love how “real” she is. 

Post # 9
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love Pilates.  I haven’t done a class with just Pilates in a while but I use to take classes at a gym.  I never used a reformer so I can’t speak about it, but I don’t think just getting an expensive machine with no knowledge would be a good idea.

Post # 10
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

My friend teaches Pilates and I’ve done them with her a couple times, and I love it! I also have some Pilates videos that I do at home. I like doing them at home because there is no judging, but doing them with people is a lot of fun too!

I joined a workout class in the the spring and meet with them 2X a week, I was so nervous at first, but the people in the class became like another family and I’m so comfortable with them. Everyone is there for their own reasons, no one judges and every one supports each other. I also find that I push myself more when I’m with a group of people, and I enjoy the social aspect.

I suggest joining a small class and see how you feel. As for the machine, I’ve never used a machine for Pilates and I don’t know anyone who has, sorry can’t help there.

Post # 11
242 posts
Helper bee

I am a big fan of pilates. I do videos at home, I wasn’t even aware there was equipment for it!! I recommend Blogilates website, she has a bunch of short videos and a whole series for beginners. She gives great instruction and I am always sore in the correct muscles the next day. I would definitely suggest doing some free videos before spending money on equipment, just to make sure you like it.

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