Sweating it out during a Pilates session is a wonderful way to exercise and stay healthy. For those new to this workout, the routines may seem strange to perform. But by keeping a few simple tips in mind, you’ll soon be blasting your core, building muscle, and having a fantastic time.
Take advantage of the orientation offered at Big Blue. It’s helpful to get a thorough explanation of the alignment principles before jumping in on a workout. You will be able to get more out of each workout when you truly understand the focus and essence of each exercise. It takes time to build body awareness so cut yourself some slack. It’s a practice just like playing a musical instrument. You won’t get it all on the first few sessions. When you slow down and focus on learning correct muscle activation and movements, the long term results are better!
More than just a positive affirmation, keeping your chin up during a Pilates workout enhances each movement and form. When you avoid turning your gaze downward, you create length through your waist which helps to activate your core muscles. Your body follows your gaze much like driving a car so keeping your eyes in the right line helps to keep the rest of you in line. This allows for proper breathing techniques.
Remember the lessons of mindfulness, posture, and breathing outside of class. Doing so will allow you to lead a healthier lifestyle and perform other activities and exercises to a heightened degree.
No one has the perfect Pilates session every time they step on the mat or equipment. Some days are going to feel more productive than others, but consistency and patience are important. Be mindful and understanding of your limitations, especially if you’re just starting out. Our bodies hibernate tension in different areas and we learn to release these tense areas the more experienced we get. Just keep at it and make modifications and you'll get there! Be proud of your consistency to being better today than you were yesterday!