Here’s some things you need to know before heading into the studio for your first apparatus lesson:
1. You don’t need to be in shape to start- it works for every body.
2. Long-term change happens slow but you’ll most likely finish your first session feeling less stressed and notice you are standing a little taller. Pilates works the from the deepest muscles (transverse abdominals) out to the most superficial layer (the rectus abdominals) and focuses on lengthening muscles through using proper alignment and form in the exercises. Joseph Pilates said, “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.” I wholeheartedly believe it- the change does take time; but, I think you’ll be thrilled when you feel yourself walking a little taller, feeling stronger and perhaps looking more toned.
3. Abs, abs and more abs. You’ll probably here your instructor say some version of “pull your abdominals in” more than once throughout your lesson. Every movement in the Pilates method starts from the core. Using the abdominals and engaging them properly is the most important part of each exercise.
4. Joseph Pilates designed the method to do a few repetitions of many exercises instead of many repetitions for a few exercises. This requires full concentration- the whole point is to do things as precisely as possible!
5. You won’t be perfect the first time, or the 300th time. It’s one of the things I love about Pilates- there is always another challenge waiting!