If you’ve decided to take your first Pilates class, you’ve already taken a healthy, positive and important step to a better body and lifestyle. Congratulations.
But when the initial excitement has settled, it’s completely normal to feel a little bit nervous about your first class, especially if you don’t know what to expect.
To help shake off that nervous energy, we recommend doing a little research into what to expect when attending your first Pilates class. By doing so, you’ll be able to walk right in and feel confident as you start your journey to a healthier you.
Firstly, research the venue online. Are there any reviews?
Look up your chosen Pilates venue online, whether it’s your gym or a privately run class. You’ll likely find that there are reviews from previous members who have given an honest opinion of the class and instructor. This gives you a basic idea of what you can expect. But remember, reviews are just opinions – take them with a pinch of salt and use your best judgement when making decisions. As for what to expect at a Pilates class as a whole, read on to learn more…
In most cases, equipment will be provided.
Don’t panic if you don’t want to go out and spend a lot on new equipment before committing to Pilates. You’ll usually find that the class will provide Pilates or yoga mats for you to use. If you decide Pilates is right for you, you can then go ahead and purchase your own.
You’ll get thirsty during your workout.
Just like any exercise, it’s important to stay hydrated and you’ll likely find yourself feeling thirsty during your routine. Be sure to take a bottle of water with you to your Pilates class.
Shoes aren’t necessary.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the latest sneakers or a pair of cool gym shoes. In fact, you won’t need shoes at all. Most Pilates classes are taken with socks.
You won’t be expected to be a pro from the start.
There’s no need to feel embarrassed or anxious if you can’t keep up with the rest of the class. Even in a beginner class, you may struggle to perform the exercises. Relax – that’s completely normal. Your Pilates instructor will give you a helping hand and ensure you’re learning at your ideal pace. And you’ll soon be keeping up and perfecting your moves.
So while it’s totally understandable that you’re feeling a little apprehensive about your first Pilates class, take a moment to take in these points and reassure yourself that there really is nothing to worry about when making such a positive decision for your body and health.
When you’re ready to make a long-term investment in your own equipment, check out the range here at ProActive Pilates Equipment Australia, where you can find Pilates Mats and more to complete your routines.