The first time that you try anything new may be a bit daunting. However, for some reason, a lot of people think that Pilates classes come with an additional air of “don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing.”
Perhaps it’s all the straps as well as springs on the reformer, perhaps it’s the exercise names which you’ve never heard before, (What’s this “Pilates hundreds” thing?) or perhaps it’s the graceful as well as super flexible instructors who look like professional dancers (and often also are!)
If you’ve wanted to try Pilates classes – but something has been holding you back – now’s your time to register for your first session. Pilates offers plenty of super benefits for your body, no matter what your fitness background is. You’ll improve your posture, focus on bodily alignment and will also get one heck of a core workout.
What Do You Need To Bring to a Pilates Class?
It won’t be necessary for you to bring much with you to a class. This is because Pilates studios usually offer equipment for the workout. The only thing that you may want to bring along with you would be a mat if you would wish to use your own as opposed to a shared one from class.
Pilates mats are often manufactured a little thicker than a standard yoga mat. This is in order to provide more cushioning and padding. If you’re unsure about which mat to buy, chat to your instructor for suggestions.
You may also want to take a water bottle along with you to class. You perhaps won’t be drinking as much water as you would during an aerobic workout however you’ll still want to have water available. In addition, make sure that you’re well-hydrated before class starts.
What to Wear To Your First Pilates Class
Most Pilates studios are casual however the norms vary. Make sure that you keep your attire simple (at least at first) as you figure out what works best for you. Here are some really helpful hints and tips to assist you with dressing for Pilates success.
Avoid Tiebacks As Well As Belts
Tie-back tops may be sore when you’re lying on your back. Ties, belts, drawstrings as well as tassels may get caught in the springs of Pilates equipment and then cause an injury.
Leave Off Embellishments
Choose workout gear that’s free of metal or plastic embellishments. Zips, buckles, clasps, buttons, or other trimmings can brutally harm the upholstered Pilates equipment. Repairs are quite expensive and could cause downtime for the studio.
Make-up is very likely to stain the surfaces of the Pilates equipment.
Choose Unscented Products
Studios often ask that clients do not wear strong scents. Quite a lot of people are sensitive to perfumes and strongly scented deodorants, lotions as well as sprays.
Remove Accessories Or Jewellery
Long necklaces, belts as well as dangling bracelets may be distracting as well as dangerous if they happen to get caught up in the equipment.
Pilates is – nine times out of 10 – done barefoot—no fancy footwear is required. If you wish to wear socks, buy a pair with grippy bottoms in order to ensure that your feet don’t slip.
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