If you’re thinking about private reformer Pilates, you’re likely to be aware of the amazing benefits offered with this type of class. However, if you’re new to Pilates, you may not be aware that there are some things you should avoid during your Melbourne class.
Wearing the Wrong Thing
Remember pilates is a workout done on costly upholstered material in a variety of positions. This means that there are a few potential clothing issues that can arise.
Firstly, you should avoid any ornamentation on your pilates clothing. Buckles, belts, zips and other metal detailing can not only be uncomfortable when you lie on them, but they can cause costly damage to the equipment. Try to keep your clothing simple and streamlined.
You should also be aware of your clothing fit. Remember that pilates is often co-ed, so you need to feel comfortable and confident. While shorts are fine, if they are loose you may end up flashing when you’re in an overhead position. Generally, loose fitting clothing doesn’t work well in Pilates. In fact, it can actually end up revealing more than a more snug fitting outfit. So, consider your clothing choices carefully, or you could put too much of yourself on display.
Focus is a crucial Pilates principle, so while it is tempting to sprawl out on a Reformer and take a quick nap, this is not the point of the class. Zoning out when your instructor is providing details for the execution of poses and safety advice will actually put you at risk of an injury.
Being Phone Distracted
Most of are aware that our phones rule our lives, but a Pilates studio is one place where your phone doesn’t belong. Checking your phone not only pulls your focus, but it interrupts the flow of the class and is a massive irritant to instructors. Your phone should be left in your bag or locker, so you can keep your full attention on the class.
Moving Too Fast
Pilates movements are tempo dependent, with each exercise having a specific cadence. Look to your instructor for the rhythm of every exercise, and you may find it is actually slower than you thought. Rushing through moves will increase your risk of injury as you move too quickly through setup and transition, so keep your movements smooth and careful.
Making Weird Noises
While some of us do tend to make noises when exerting ourselves, to maintain focus, try to avoid making noises such as gasping, grunting or weird breathing sounds. This is distracting to the group and could mask directions from the instructor. By keeping your noises under control, you may find you feel more attentive to the class.
You know the old saying about assumptions, and this applies in Pilates classes. Instructors know to adjust their class to the students in the room. Each student affects the content of the class, with tempos, sequences, modifications and more being carefully taught towards the needs of the group. Although it can be easy to assume that your favourite move should be fitted into the transition, follow the class choreography and rely on your instructor’s expertise instead.
If you’re considering Pilates in Melbourne, you should speak to us. As an established studio in Melbourne, Pilates, yoga and other fitness classes are available to suit all skill levels, and you’ll find our team ready to help.