I understand that there can be anxiety around your first Pilates session. It's like going to a new country for the first time, immersing yourself in a new culture and not knowing what the rules are. Don't worry. I've laid it all out for you in this how-to post with FAQs from new clients and helpful tips to help you prepare for and get the most out of your first Pilates session.
What should I wear?
During your Pilates practice, you should wear activewear that feels comfortable and allows you to move easily such as a tank top and a pair of leggings.
What do I need?
You’ll also need a great “sticky” mat for practice. A sticky mat is an exercise mat with non-stick grip that prevents you from sliding during practice. These roll-up mats are also available with extra padding for individuals who have back issues or prefer more cushion during rolling exercises.
For your appointment with Flat Belly Pilates, we make it as easy as possible for you and will provide you with everything that you need including a mat and any other equipment that will be used during your session. All you have to do is show up.
What’s a Pilates session like?
Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method Contrology which refers to the way the exercises encourage the use of the mind to control the muscles. These exercises focus awareness of breath, alignment of the spine, and strength of the core postural muscles.
During your session, your instructor will guide you through a series of 20-25 poses with verbal cues and physical adjustments. During your sessions, feel free to speak up and ask questions like “Where should I feel the work?” or “How can I relieve the tension in my neck?” You should never feel strain or pain in any pose. If you feel an exercise is too strenuous, ask your instructor for a modification. She should have multiple options that are safe and effective.
How many times per week should I practice Pilates?
Two to three times per week is recommended. When practiced consistently, benefits of Pilates may include a refreshing mind-body workout, development of strong core muscles, improved posture, increased flexibility, and decreased stress.
What if I need to reschedule?
In honor of your time and your instructor’s, please be on time and ready to workout at the time of the appointment. If you need to reschedule an appointment with Flat Belly Pilates, please do so within 48 hours to prevent the loss of your deposit.
What else do I need to know?
Pilates is not suited for everyone. Before practicing Pilates, please discuss your medical history and fitness goals with your physician so that you can make an informed decision about your health.
If you have any other questions about your first Pilates session, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d happy to answer them.