While you probably know about Pilates (and maybe even the amazing benefits you can get from it)… do you know anything about the different types of Pilates you can do? Or which format is best for you? Check out the highlights and benefits of each kind of Pilates class offered! Have questions or want to take advantage of Unlimited Group Apparatus classes from February 1-28 (you can join any time, but you’ll get the most value if you sign up now!)? Email regional Pilates manager Kristin Strom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First thing’s first – there are different ways to do Pilates: group mat classes, group apparatus sessions, or private Pilates sessions.
- Group Mat Classes (free-$25/class)
- Most group mat classes are automatically included in your FFC membership (there are some special events that may require admission). Classes offer a general, well-rounded workout using the mat and sometimes the ‘Magic Circle’. These classes are a terrific way to practice Pilates consistently and with frequency. These classes can range in size from 6-50 people.
- Group Apparatus Sessions ($25-$50/session)
- These sessions are taught in the Pilates studio on the apparatus and can include reformers, tower/ wall units, ‘Wunda Chairs’ or ‘Magic Circles’. These sessions can range in size from 3-8 people. Prior experience in private sessions is highly recommended and in many times, required, to learn the Pilates fundamentals and apparatus safety!
- Private Pilates Sessions ($75-$150/session)
- Private sessions are one of the best options offered. Your instructor can customize a workout specific to your desires and your body at that moment, and can give you optimal cueing to help you achieve perfect form!
Do you think Pilates is too hard? Or do you think Pilates is too easy? It shouldn’t be either of these – it should feel just right. It should feel like a good balance of strength and stretch, abs, back, arm and leg work, as well as a good balance of challenge and fun!
Benefits of Pilates
You cannot put a price on the benefits you will see from practicing Pilates. Addressing everything from chronic pain and injury prevention, to cross-training (for runners, endurance athletes and more) and improved posture, strengthened core and even weight loss, it’s no wonder Pilates is loved by everyday fitness enthusiasts, professional athletes and celebrities alike.
If you tried Pilates and your workout was too hard, talk to your instructor. There may be some exercises that are not quite right for your body at this time. A good instructor can customize an appropriate workout perfect for you. If your Pilates workout felt too easy, talk to your instructor, or find a new one. Each instructor uses a teaching style that is shaped by their training, their experience and their personality. It is important that you have a good working relationship with your trainer and that they can adapt to fit your needs so that you really FEEL the workout! Questions? Email Kristin at email@example.com for more info!