(Closed) Pilates?

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
714 posts
Busy bee

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
1342 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 5
1342 posts
Bumble bee

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
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

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 # 10
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013


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

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