Does a private Pilates session scare the heck out of you? Me too! Precision Pilates offers Private and Semi-Private Training in Pilates. I saw that on the website, and thought, yeah right. First, there’s the price. It’s more expensive than classes, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that much. Then there’s the scary thought. For 50 minutes, I am the only person that instructor is concentrating on.
I watch reality TV. I’ve seen the trainers on the Biggest Loser and other weight loss shows. It doesn’t look that pleasant. The trainers yell and scream, the contestants cry and vomit in garbage cans, and some even collapse! They also concentrate on really big challenges. They run marathons for the right to stay on the ranch, even if takes them 20-24 hours. I want to be healthy, but that looks like pain that I’m not sure my body could take.
I was apprehensive when I signed up for my first session. Getting yelled at was not my idea of a good time. Ending up with burning muscles and more pain than I started with was not the goal. I didn’t want to run a marathon. I just wanted to reduce my risk of diabetes and heart disease. My goal was to be healthier.
How My Private Pilates Session Went
When I arrived at Precision Pilates, I was apprehensive, but I gathered up all my courage and walked through the door. Instead of a trainer yelling at me to go harder, I’ve found a friend that encourages me, coaches me through the exercises, and truly cares how I’m feeling each and every time I come in. Every private Pilates session has been extremely encouraging and positive, and no one has ever raised their voice! In private sessions, I feel free to ask questions about what I’m supposed to do or feel during a specific exercise. And my instructor always patiently explains the exercise, and often demonstrates the correct exercise, and/or a modification if I can’t do the complete exercise.
Do I feel like I’m being watched? Yes, because my instructor is watching my alignment, my breathing, and my working level, to ensure that I get the most benefit out of the exercise. When having someone watching makes me self conscious I do what everyone does, I close my eyes! The coaching and instruction that I’ve received in my private sessions are some of my favorite exercise times ever. I believe the consistency of my Pilates practice, and the benefits I’ve seen from it, start in these private Pilates sessions.
If you haven’t tried private sessions because you’re uncomfortable, I urge you to try 2 or 3 sessions to see how they work for you! If you’re like me, you’ll fall in love with the personal attention and the results that you’ll get!
A Pilates Student