Attending your first Pilates class is a big step – and an excellent decision for anyone looking to become more active, improve their fitness and find something they enjoy too.
But even though you’re probably already aware of the many benefits of Pilates – and have maybe even tried it out at home – heading out to your first class can be a little bit nerve-racking.
If you’re considering giving a Pilates class a try but are feeling anxious about the experience, it’s time to calm your fears. Here’s how…
Realise that your skill level doesn’t matter.
If you’re new to Pilates and are worried that your skills won’t match up to others’ in your class, don’t be afraid. Classes are usually available for different levels, so see if you can locate a beginners’ class in your area.
You should also remind yourself that everyone has to start somewhere. Those in your class who seem so much more skilled were once just like you – and they’ll completely understand how you’re feeling.
Remember it’s okay if you don’t know anyone.
If you’re worried about not knowing anyone, there’s no need to be. People at Pilates classes tend to be welcoming, as they think it’s great that a new person is taking part in an activity they love.
You may also consider the mindset that people aren’t there to make friends – they’re there to improve, so focus on the physical aspects rather than the social elements.
Alternatively, why not see if you can persuade a friend to join the class with you? Having someone to attend with will be fun for both of you, and you’ll be able to encourage and support each other as your skills develop.
Relax knowing you’re in good hands.
Do a little research on the instructor of your local class. Learning a bit about them will help you get more of an idea of what to expect. Hopefully, they’ll come across as friends online, be reassuring you that you’ll be welcome when you arrive.
You’ll also get to read about their experience and qualifications, which are a clear sign that they value their work and are dedicated to helping others achieve their Pilates goals.
Not quite ready to take a class?
If you’d still rather spend some time practising Pilates at home before moving on to a class, Pro Active Pilates Equipment can provide the simple essentials you need to get started, including a Yoga Mat (also great for Pilates), Foam Rollers, Pilates Rings and Reformer Boxes.
If you have any questions about the type of equipment you’d need, get in touch with us as ProActive Pilates Equipment Melbourne and we’ll be happy to help – but don’t let fear stop you from taking a Pilates class soon.