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KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (70,935)
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9/16/13 12:47 P

You should expect to have fun. Also to sweat and work hard. But also have fun and feel good!

BALTIC_GODDESS SparkPoints: (23,785)
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9/16/13 9:33 A

Thanks for the replies, everyone!

My first class went really well. I told the instructor before the class began that I was new - and I even told some of my fellow classmates who had already arrived. Everyone was very supportive and told me not to worry. As far as the class itself, it is definitely different from what I was used to in Yoga - I would say Pilates is more of a workout. As I had anticipated, it was a bit of a challenge - there were some moments when I had to modify something or skip a set of reps because it was a little too much for me. But that's exactly what I did - modified or skipped - and I didn't beat myself up over it.

We did a lot of exercises on the mat, like paused crunches, leg lifts, stretches, etc. At the end of the class, we grabbed 3 lb. weights and did some arm strength training. The instructor mentioned resistance bands and balance balls will probably be incorporated into future classes, too.

I have to say it was a bit of a challenge for me - especially trying to keep my feet and legs together in the "Pilates stance" during some exercises - and I my core muscles were sore the next day, but in a good way. Overall, I really enjoyed the class and I'm looking forward to my next one this Thursday.

I would definitely recommend Pilates to anyone who is interested!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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9/16/13 8:38 A

Wow thanks for posting that question -- I always wondered what went on in Pilates class. We only have 2 classes at my gym for Pilates but now I think I will go try one!

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
9/15/13 8:22 P

I tried a yogilates class last year and found the pace way too advanced for me. Since then I've been disabled, but finally tried Pilates again in July. I am taking it privately for now and absolutely love it. I think my suggestions would be...
Pay close attention to your body. There is a difference between muscles soreness and pain. Don't do something that hurts.
If something is super hard, there are almost always modifications. Try talking to the instructor after class if something in particular is beyond your abilities. A good instructor will always be ready with modifications and suggestions.
If the class is doing ten reps of something beyond you, try doing 3 or 5 or 7. Then go on to more as you get stronger.
Most of all, don't be discouraged if it's hard. I leave Pilates exhausted, sore, and ready for a nap. But the soreness goes away and I feel stronger with every passing day.

Good luck!!

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (289,640)
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9/13/13 6:47 A

Tell us how it went.

Good advice to not compare your efforts to anyone else in the class. It's new and challenging to your body. When your core is strong enough to do the exercises with ease, that's when to expect great things.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,155)
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9/12/13 3:49 P

Hi ! Relax, there's absolutely nothing to worry about.

The first thing to do is to let the instructor know that you are new. There will be poses you can't do and that's okay ! Don't assume you're out of shape or inflexible because you can't seem to do a pose the person next to you does with ease. Some of those people may have been taking that class for years.

In class, you work at your OWN level. Don't worry about the person next to you because the class may be a mix of beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Your instructor will show you how to modify a pose when you need a modification. Take breaks when you need them. it IS okay to sit out a pose. Don't try to force your body to do something it isn't ready to do. Some poses do require quite a bit of practice.

Appreciate that your body does have limitations. We all have limitations ! that's why you may find some poses easier to do than others.

Mostly, don't worry. Just enjoy yourself ! And if you don't like the teacher, that's okay too. Some instructors are better than others.

Bring some water, stay hydrated !

BALTIC_GODDESS SparkPoints: (23,785)
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9/12/13 8:49 A

Hello, everyone! I was hoping I could get some advice on what to expect from a Pilates class. I've never attended a Pilates class before, and tonight will be my first one! I've taken yoga classes (which I love), and I have a couple of "yogilates" videos that I've done at home, but I've never done straight Pilates before. I'm a little nervous because I don't have a lot of core strength right now - do you think it will be overly challenging for me? I'm excited to try a new class, but fearful that I may not do very well and get frustrated or discouraged. Thoughts?

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