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May 23, 2022

Pilates is one of the most effective forms of exercise today. It’s not just for those who want to lose weight – it’s for anyone who wants to improve their strength and flexibility. But even though it can benefit everyone, from beginners to athletes, it requires dedication and discipline that many people can’t find the time for.

How Often Should You Do Pilates?

Beginners should start with multiple weekly classes, where the instructor can guide them through various movements and make sure they’re doing them correctly.

If you’re able to build up a repertoire at home and can practice a few times a week, that’s great, but don’t underestimate the value of a teacher. Particularly for people who are new to exercising, it’s easy to develop bad habits—don’t waste time trying to figure out what you’re doing wrong in the mirror!

If you’re looking to improve your flexibility, there’s no substitute for an actual reformer. Again, though, if you have access to one at home, that’s fine—you’ll need more time on it to get the same effect. But also, keep in mind that even if it takes longer than working in a studio or using a mat, the payoff is that you’ll improve your flexibility faster and be able to work out more.

If you suffer from back pain, you should consider that and opt for weekly instructed classes, that are in a personalised setting – like semi-private sessions. This will help you not to aggravate your back pain and be able to work out while still keeping the pain away.

The key is to keep yourself motivated—and if the only way you’ll do that is by having an instructor guiding you through your exercises then maybe it’s best left for the class setting.

Benefits of Doing Regular Pilates

Increased Energy and Productivity

When you’re fitter, you feel better and have more energy. You’ll find that you can get more done with your day – at work and home – because you’ll have more energy to do it. 

This is especially important as we face the holiday season, when we often push ourselves harder than ever. Don’t forget about yourself – take the time to treat yourself well, and surround yourself with people who love and support you to feel comfortable taking care of yourself!

Increased Flexibility

Pilates emphasises proper form throughout every exercise, so your muscles will become toned without becoming bulky or stiff. When paired with a healthy diet and routine stretching, Pilates will give you great results in an efficient amount of time! With newfound flexibility in your body, you’ll be swifter when carrying out your daily tasks.

Creating a Routine 

No matter your experience level or goals, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re starting a Pilates routine. The first is different types of equipment you can use for a workout, including reformers, chairs, trap tables (cadillac), barrels and mats. 

Each one has benefits and drawbacks, but ultimately the machine you choose doesn’t really matter; the most crucial part is regularly working out! It’s also essential to find a routine that works for your schedule—some workouts are designed as 30-minute routines, while others are individual stretches meant to be done throughout the day.

For beginners, it helps to focus on guided routines, with the help of some equipment. The equipment gives you more feedback, increasing your awareness, strength and flexibility faster. If you are looking to improve your cardio strength a reformer class is a great place to start. But keep in mind, if you are new to Pilates your instructor will prioritise your form and safety first. 

Home vs. Studio

Home workouts can be easy to fit into your schedule—all you have to do is show up! However, if you’re trying to build strength or perform more rigorous routines at home, it’s essential to have a solid foundation with the fundamentals. Most experienced Pilates instructors will tell you that studio sessions can be much more beneficial for this purpose.

Mat vs. Reformer 

There are two major types of equipment for Pilates: mats and reformers. A mat workout is done on the floor using exercises that don’t require any equipment other than a mat itself— even though most beginners should start here, it’s actually a very challenging place to start. This is due to the fact that you have no equipment to offer you feedback or support, therefore you rely 100% on your own strength, awareness, control and flexibility.   

Reformers have accessories like leg springs and ropes that you’ll use during workouts, and they require some setup time before each class. The reformer is generally more complex than the mat exercises because of this, but the machine can also let you progress faster to get more challenging workouts over time.

It can be tough to create a regular exercise routine in your life, but know that it’s worth the effort! By scheduling time for yourself to work out, you’re making time for your body, mind, and spirit. And when you make time to nurture yourself, you’re better equipped to serve others and be there for the people who matter most. Reach out for more.

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