Do you have to feel sore after Pilates for it to be effective? Good question! This week when I was teaching, I found myself saying something to a new Pilates student that I felt like more people should hear. I told them that they probably wouldn’t be sore after their first class and that’s OK. It’s actually a good thing.
Many times when a new client starts Pilates, they mention that they took a fitness class somewhere, and they were so sore that they could barely walk the next day. I always reassure them, and tell them that they may feel some increased “muscle awareness” of muscles that they haven’t used in a while, but Pilates should never hurt.
Doesn’t Sore = Effective?
I think in today’s society we have this perception that if you are not miserably sore after you exercise, it isn’t effective. At Precision Pilates we ask our clients to put aside the belief. We want you to start looking at movement and exercise as a path to good health. We want you to look forward to coming to your Pilates session!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should never be sore after your Pilates practice. You will. What I’m saying is that it is actually better, and more effective, for your body to gradually progress through exercises. Feeling mild soreness from the strengthening process, versus trying to do too much too soon. Thus, overloading your muscles to the place where you are likely to injure yourself. I’m also saying that it’s OK if you are not sore from a Pilates/movement session!
The belief that you have to be sore from movement for it to be effective is really a little ridiculous if you think about it. For instance, I walk on a daily basis to make sure I get my plenty of cardiovascular movement time in, and to strengthen my body as a whole. I would never think to myself, ” Wow, I’m never sore from walking so it must not be doing me any good!” Regular cardiovascular exercise like walking is great for your cardiovascular health, your muscles, and even your bone strength!