Pilates titled after its creator; a German guy named Joseph Pilates has become a very crucial exercise routine to include in your workout programs. It is a high endurance workout that focuses on proper alignment, balance, enhanced coordination, deep breathing, and a stronger core. Its advantages include; greatly improved flexibility, muscle strength, improved balance, etc. It can be customized to match a student's difficulty level, making it the ideal workout routine for all ages.
What to look out for in a Pilates class
While personal training is more helpful, particularly for beginners as the instructor's total focus is on you, there are group Pilates classes that are more affordable and can also support your difficulty level. If you choose a group class, make sure that the student-teacher ratio is not greater than 15:1.
A Pilates reformer: This is a Pilates machine you can utilize to do various exercises, is normally used to efficiently work your core muscles while focusing on correct alignment, developing strength, and proper muscle engagement. Without the machine, your actions would be more under your control and less organized but should all be a mimic of movements you can possibly do on the machine. Wide ranges of tools like Pilates Circles, balance balls, and resistance bands that provide adjustable resistance should be included in exercises to get a very similar workout to the machine.
Pilates principles: There are around 9 Pilates principles taught in different versions nowadays. They involve; breathing, concentration, control, precision, center, relaxation, flow, postural alignment, and stamina.
These principles must be taught properly in any Pilates class you sign up for.
The music must either be low or absent: Normally, Pilates is about meditation, focus, and calm, controlled movement. With music blowing up through the speakers, it would be really challenging to hear the instructor and you'll be not able to concentrate and relax into the routines. Many studios make a combination of Pilates and dance classes and this scenario could be an exception.
Right routines: Using the incorrect positions in a specific exercise has negative effects like hurting your back. The instructor should show the right positions and movements like what angle to tilt your shoulders, the correct placement of your feet, etc
Positions: The instructor should make sure that you are in the correct posture by telling you what muscles are being really targeted and where you should feel the pressure. In this manner, you can tell if you are doing the correct exercises and targeting the right muscles. He/she should give advice on how to readjust your body to get the best out of the exercise.
Adjustments: As a beginner, your position and stance would most likely be incorrect. A good trainer should make adjustments during the training to help students improve their movements. As some students don't like physical adjustments, a trainer might explain the correct positions instead.