Post # 1
So I recently joined a gym and want to take some of pilates classes, but the thought of going to a first class scares me.
How do I start getting into it without looking like a fool? What’s the difference between mat classes and other classes? Do I need to bring anything or wear anything in particular? How does pilates compare to yoga? Which do you Bees prefer?
Post # 2
TheGridMonster: I tried Pilates a couple of times. Mat classes are just you and the mat. Reformer classes use machines too. Do they have a beginners class option? I personally hate gym classee that are mixed levels because I think it’s unfair on everyone and you cAn do damage to your muscles. I would try find a 6 weeks beginners course. I prefer yoga to Pilates. Pilates is higher paced, yoga is more deep stretch poses and flow than reps Of a movement. But then I use yoga more for relaxation and stretching my muscles than toning. It’s supposed to be excellent!
Post # 3
I too was really worried about Pilates and it took years of gym membership to try it. When my colleague convinced me to go it was the best (and most painful) fitness decision i’d made to date. It’s hard to be uncordinated in pilates as the movements themselves are quite basic. they will give different levels for each exercise so start with the lowest level and work your way up. Do it! But I won’t lie if I didn’t say I couldnt laugh, sneeze or get up off a seat properly for 4 days after my first class. It gets better after that.
Post # 4
Bettyboo1982: mazzoffee: Thanks so much for the tips! It sounds like it’s at least worth putting my big girl panties on and trying out.
The gym has a beginner option, but there’s an added fee (I think because it uses machines or whatnot) on top of my membership fee. The mat class is included at no extra cost but its all levels. So hmm. Have to think about that.
And mazzoffee, I’ll certainly be ready to be sore! (I may or may not have been sore after my first yoga class because I’m wimpy…).
Post # 5
TheGridMonster: i’d definitely start with the all levels mat. Especially if there is an extra cost for the beginners. Just don’t look at what anyone else is doing but the instructor so you don’t feel pressured to push yourself further than you may be comfortable with.
Good luck! And enjoy 🙂
Post # 6
I love equipment classes! The tower was my favourite. The wunda chair worked areas that I hadn’t felt before.
There are some moves that look a little silly to watch like the seal, but everyone is doing it and it’s fun!
I would recommend you do the equipment classes, there are lots of little subleties that they help you learn, and those classes are also usually smaller. Having a group all at the same level will also make a big difference.
Try out the mat class, and if you like it, I think the equipment is worth pay extra for!
Post # 7
Honestly, no one is going to be looking at you. The instructor will be the only one to ensure you are doing things properly without hurting yourself. Usually in the beginning of class they’ll ask if anyone is new and do not be afraid/nervous to raise your hand. Not telling them will hinder you and actually make you look like a fool lol telling them you’re new will let the instructor help you and focus on you more than the others. There are always going to be modifications, so you can honestly handle an all level class. Remember to also have fun with it!
Post # 8
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Check out Blogilates on youtube! She posts videos for free and even puts out a calendar every month to follow. She makes it really fun and it’s a great way to get started into Pilates if you’re afraid to go to a class. (But don’t be afraid of that either!) Here’s a link to her beginner calendar! http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2013/06/03/beginners-calendar-for-popsters-just-starting-out/
Post # 9
amberback: Thanks! I’ve heard of her but haven’t checked her out.
ashcapp: Haha, oh trust, I’m not afraid to let people know I’m a beginner. Not that it won’t be painfully obvious within a few seconds that I am lol.
Post # 10
TheGridMonster: Pilates is one workout I have yet to try. It looks good but I’m worried about the core parts cause I suck at core lol