How To: Choose the right pilates class for you

Choose the right pilates class for you

Pilates is fantastic exercise. If you are a beginner, though, it can be confusing to choose the right type of class. Check out this tutorial before you head to the studio and ensure you get the most out of your exercise routine.
You Will Need
• Mat or reformer class preference
• Certified instructor
• Fitness level knowledge
• Research of local options
Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.

Step 1: Choose mat or reformer
Choose between mat or reformer Pilates classes. Your body provides resistance as you perform exercises on the floor in the mat class, and the Reformer is an advanced piece of equipment on which you can perform more than 100 different exercises.
Mat classes often use equipment such as an exercise ball and elastic bands.

Step 2: Require certification
Choose a certified Pilates instructor, required to have had intensive education and training, especially for classes that use exercise equipment.

Step 3: Opt for group or private lesson
Opt for group classes if you're a beginner or want a more social experience. Hire a personal instructor or take a class with just a few students for a more rigorous workout and a one-on-one approach.
If your class is very large, schedule a few private lessons to help you progress.

Step 4: Find your level
Find a class that suits your level of fitness and experience. If you're a yoga buff or have done Pilates already, look for a more advanced class; if you're a couch potato, head to beginner classes.

Step 5: Shop around
Shop around to find classes that fit your schedule and budget. In addition to health clubs and Pilates studios, try the YMCA, local community center, and continuing education options at community colleges or universities.

Did you know? Joseph Pilates never trademarked his exercise system, but a physical therapist trademarked the name in 1997. The trademark was ruled invalid in 2000.

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