The benefits of Pilates are vast and mostly well known. They include core strength, a sense of connection within your body, breath control, body awareness, improved posture and a general feeling of standing taller. However not all those who have tried Pilates will say they have experienced all these benefits! Here is a quick checklist to make sure you are getting the most out of your Pilates workout.
- Choose an experienced and enthusiastic instructor, after all they are your guide and without their expertise you will be traveling blind. Find out where they did their training, was it with a reputable company or just a weekend course. Do they keep up to date with continuing education?
- Set realistic goals. Pilates has the capacity to make drastic changes to your body, but it won't happen over night. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort. Which leads into my next point...
- How often should you attend? A session every now and then will give you results just as slow and sporadically as your attendance. Pilates is a way of life, if you can't do a couple of sessions a week at least get your instructor to give you some specific 'home work' exercises which you can practice in your own time. The more time you put in the faster you will reach your goals. It's often a good idea to do a combination of studio work and mat classes that way you get the benefit of specific training and correction coupled with the flow and progression of a class scenario. This will help to keep you on track and focused on achieving your new Pilates body!
- Choose times when you are at your most alert. If your a morning person do morning classes if your a night owl find sessions which suit your body clock. Pilates is hard work both for your mind and your body. You won't get the best from either if your attending sessions while your half asleep or your mind is preoccupied with the days events.
- Don't be afraid to change your sessions up. If you have tried certain combinations of studio work and mat classes and you don't feel they are working for you speak with your instructor. You should feel comfortable enough with them to tell them if something isn't working for you, never stop trying to find the best combination for your mind and body!
Make 2014 your best Pilates year yet, as with everything, the more your put in the more you will get back!
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