Preparing for Your First Pilates Class
Be sure to inform your instructor if you have any
Hi! This is Laurie Johnson for About.com. Today, we're going to talk about how to prepare for your first Pilates class.Dress comfortably - typically t-shirts, tank tops, sweatpants, or yoga pants are the best things to wear. You want to avoid baggy clothes for two reasons: first of all, the instructor will need to see the alignment in your body. And second of all, some of these Pilates exercises can be a bit revealing if you're wearing baggy shirts or shorts.Most people do Pilates without shoes, and some studios require you to wear socks. You can always call ahead to find out or just bring a pair of socks to be safe. I also suggest bringing a sweatshirt or other layer so you can keep your body at a comfortable temperature.Call the studio ahead of time to find out if you need to preregister for the class. During this phone call, you can also ask if you need to bring your own mat.Be sure to inform your instructor if you have any injuries or movement limitations. It's also important to inform your instructor if you have osteoporosis, If you have a lot to talk about with your instructor, it's a good idea to call ahead of time as your instructor may not have a lot of time before class.When you arrive to the class, the studio staff should be friendly and getting you accustomed to the space. Once class begins, it's important to pay careful attention to how your body feels. Pilates should feel challenging but not painful. Pay extra attention to your neck and your low back. When you need to, you can modify and exercise or stop. Your instructor will notice and she'll help you out.Most importantly, you should feel welcome and comfortable. Pilates studios are friendly, non-intimidating places. Some details will vary from studio to studio such as, how early to arrive, what paperwork you'll have to fill out, where to place your mat, where to put your personal belongings, and if you should stretch before class begins.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.