Pilates seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and stabilisation. Precision and control are key to successful Pilates practice - which means bringing a strong focus to your session to engage your body and mind together. No experience required.
A typical pilates class
Every pilates class involves 3 phases - preparatory, workout, and closing.
Focus on body and mind, establish correct alignment and positioning, develop correct breathing, and engage the core.
A balanced programme of exercise for the whole body. Many of the positions may feel similar to BAT or yoga classes, but you will be asked to do shorter sets or repetitions, with more precision.
Reinforces the learning from the preparatory phase and may include some relaxation.
Benefits of pilates
- Improve your core or 'powerhouse' and overall posture
- Improve your flexibility and joint mobility
- Improve your muscular strength
At your first pilates class
Arrive early. While each pilates class caters to all levels, it's good to get there early your first time to meet the instructor and chat about how the class is going to work.
How often should you attend?
You can attend Pilates every day if you wanted to!