What should I expect on the first class?
Your instructor will ask you to fill in a health questionnaire, so if you need to wear reading glasses then bring them along! This form is used to collect information on your physical condition so if you have any injuries, conditions or complaints the instructor will know. If you do have any injuries etc., your instructor will talk to you about them and advise you accordingly. You will be gently loosened off by mobilisation techniques of slow moving stretches, shown how to stand straight and how to use your core with the breath. Each exercise will be demonstrated and you will be guided through each move.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Pilates is suitable for most adults. The exercises are begun gently then worked up-to the full version so that progress is both safe and effective. It is good for muscular back problems and doesn't stress the heart. Very few of the 34 exercises can be done whilst pregnant or wheelchair bound so for these people specialist classes should be sought. Young children tend to lack the mental concentration to perform all the principles properly during the exercises so our classes held at the listed venues are for adults only.
What if I am slower or less agile than others in the class are?
People will always differ in their abilities to achieve certain exercises, and are classes are usually of mixed ability, which is why adaptations and alternatives are always offered in the class. The quality of each movement is important; not how fast you can reach a particular level, although you will not be allowed to stay in your comfort zone for too long or you will simply not progress. It is through the repetition of each move that will enhance your ability and so bring progressive results. If you have not exercised for a while then you may experience muscle soreness and joint stiffness until you are used to exercising regularly.
What should I bring and wear?
A mat is provided for you to use during the class and you will not need anything else. You will need to wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement such as jogging bottoms or shorts and t-shirts. Generally, shoes are not worn so if your feet tend to get cold you may need to bring or wear a pair of socks preferably with a non-slip grip if the venue has a slippery floor. If you need neck support for your own comfort when lying on your back, ask your instructor for a neck pillow.
How can I prepare for my class?
Try not to do moderate to strenuous exercise before coming to your class. ("No problem!", I hear you cry!) This is because depletion of energy reserves tire the muscles so you may not be able to perform properly, may have muscle tremors, and may be more prone to developing cramp due to sweat loss. If you have a regular fitness routine then try to do your training after your Pilates class.
Also, try not to eat a heavy meal as this could be uncomfortable whilst trying to exercise or make you lethargic.