Pilates is everywhere right now. It is hot hot hot. I don't just mean popular, but
like you can do it in a room heated to 40˚ C.
Hot Pilates, reformer Pilates, Mega reformer Pilates, HIIT Pilates, Authentic Pilates, Contemporary Pilates, Pilates Flow, Athletic Pilates, Power Pilates, Pilates Burn, Core Pilates, Yogalates, Piloxing (Pilates +boxing🤷🏻♀️), I could go on.
Are you confused and overwhelmed yet? Me too! There's just too much choice. Where to begin?
I recommend taking 1-3 private 1 on 1 lessons. If you have a friend who wants to start, take at least 5 duet lessons with a certified Pilates teacher. Learn the basics. It's difficult to master the basics in a short time, but you will develop a clear understanding of what to do, and how to do the fundamentals for when you go to a group lesson.
Start with the beginner or basic level class.
Even if you are an amazing athlete, Pilates is about learning layers of movement and information. If you are quite strong and flexible, you'll move to a higher level quickly, and it's still worth it to take Basic/Beginner level classes for a while to get those movements under your belt before you take the intermediate/advanced classes.
When is it most beneficial to take Pilates private Lessons?
When you are first starting out with Pilates.
If you are recovering from an injury and need special instruction.
If you don't understand something from the group lessons.
If you want to train at your own pace (faster or slower than what the group lesson offers)
If you want to develop a special skill that needs more time and specialised attention.
Group lessons are great if:
You have a decent baseline fitness level (no heavy injuries).
Relatively lower cost than Private Pilates lessons.
You're a "hide in the back/don't look at me" type of person.
The downside to group lessons, especially the larger groups, is that you may not be confident that you're doing the movements correctly, or know what the teacher means when he/she describes specific actions or uses certain terms.
I often tell clients that they don't have to take Pilates Privates forever if the price is not sustainable over time. It is definitely a treat for some people that they feel is part of their self-care. You can commit to 1-5 sessions or buy a 10 class card, see how you like the experience. Some people use privates as a physical check-in to see how they are doing and to get some helpful tips to help them progress: once a month or every 6 weeks. we plan a 1-1 lesson.
So what are you waiting for?
Call (Whatsapp) directly to book a private lesson
book your group mat class online
One thing is for sure, it's never too late to start, and you won't regret it.