Starting a new fitness class can be a little scary, but everyone in the class was a beginner once. You’ll make some mistakes and likely have a few sore muscles the next day but it will keep getting easier once you have a few sessions under your belt. Here are a few tips to help make that first pilates class a little bit easier.
Know what to expect
Pilates is a slower form of exercise, with greater focus on controlled movements and core strength rather than high reps and muscle exhaustion. The exercises typically take place on a mat, but they can also use machines like a reformer, which rely on springs or bands to provide resistance.
Controlled breathing is a particularly important part of pilates. The instructor will help to guide when you should be breathing in and out on each exercise. The breathing not only makes your movements more effective, but helps give you something to concentrate on, helping with the mindful side of the exercises.
Dress to impress
Wear form fitting clothes so that your instructor is able to see your movements properly and make sure you have good form. And don’t forget the socks. Like with any exercise, you are likely to get sweaty when doing pilates. Wearing a pair of grippy socks will stop your feet from slipping, allowing you to concentrate on your form instead. They will also provide an extra level of balance when you're transitioning from position to position.
Here at STRIDIES, our pilates socks have been specially designed for maximum comfort when doing pilates, yoga or a barre workout. Our Comfit Arch along with Seam3Toe and Twiston Cotton technologies make them the perfect addition to your pilates attire. Not only that, but whenever we sell a pair of socks we donate a pair to homeless shelters across the UK, meaning that buying socks from us does not only help you find your zen, but it helps those in need too!