10 Common Pilates Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Posted on August 12, 2017 by Jason Knee

10 Common Pilates Mistakes And How To Fix Them

When you’re learning something new – such as Pilates – it will take a while for you to fully master each technique.

To ensure you get the optimum benefit out of doing Pilates, one way to improve is to look out for tiny mistakes that you might not realise you’re making.

Here are ten common mistakes that can happen during your Pilates workout, so you’ll know what to take notice of during your routine.


  1. Forgetting to focus on alignment.

When you’re transforming your body between movements, it is important to keep your body aligned. You should be able to control your position and use your centre to manage your body weight.


  1. Tensing up, rather than breathing naturally.

If you’re bracing yourself and tensing up rather than breathing naturally, you won’t be able to use your core muscles in the correct way. Practice breathing freely and mindfully without allowing your body to become rigid.


  1. Using your muscles too much.

There is no need for you to be engaging your muscles the entire time. As you progress, you’ll begin to learn which muscles to use and when so as to control your movement.


  1. Using the wrong muscles.

It’s also possible to use the wrong muscles during Pilates. For example, you may be trying to tense your pelvic floor but actually squeezing your legs or glutes. Learn to zone in on the muscles you really want to be using.


  1. Doing what you enjoy – not necessarily what your body needs.

You may have a few favourite Pilates moves or routines, but doing them repeatedly means your muscles and strength are becoming imbalanced. Make sure your routine is varied and balanced, taking care of every area, rather than just your favourites.


  1. Mistaking strong abdominal muscles for a strong core.

Having a strong core is an important part of Pilates, but people often mistake having ab muscles for having a strong core. They are not necessarily the same thing, as your core lies further within your body and works in a different way.


  1. Not being safety conscious.

It’s easy to think ‘how much harm could I do during Pilates’ as it doesn’t involve any rough activity like many sports and fitness activities do.

However, it is still important to be safety conscious and ensure your body has the correct support to avoid injuries.


  1. Getting too competitive.

Pilates is not a competitive sport. There is no rush to be the very best in your class, nor do you have to worry about being better than your friends. Take your time and do what you need to do for your body.


  1. Holding positions too long.

Unlike yoga, Pilates does not require you to hold each position for long periods. The focus is on movement and flow.


  1. Going too fast.

While you shouldn’t hold for too long, it’s also important not to rush. Be controlled, focused and precise, keeping your body properly engaged.


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