Middle aged man doing Pilates during a Private Pilates Session

Which is the best way to start practicing Pilates: a group class, a private Pilates lesson, or a semi-private lesson? If you are brand new to Pilates, you may wonder how you can keep up with a class. I’m guessing that you are pretty healthy, with no major injuries. You’ve probably tried a lot of different types of exercises over the years. So it seems silly that you wouldn’t be just fine to join our Pilates classes. If you have any chronic conditions, or you’re experience pain somewhere in your body, you might want to start with a private lesson.

You see, Pilates is a mind-body practice. It involves learning a sequence of exercises, the breath associated with each exercise. And learning the proper form to execute the exercises properly. Clients who are taking classes have a good basic understanding of Pilates. They understand how to stay safe in their own body. And they know the basics of how the equipment works.

Why beginning with a private Pilates lesson is key

One of the number one rules as an instructor in a group setting is that you must teach to the lowest level and understanding in your class. Safety is always first! When clients have a good understanding of the Pilates fundamental movements, and basic safety precautions, it makes it a non-issue to work with varying abilities in a class.  It’s fairly easy for a trained instructor to give modifications and adjustments to different levels so that everyone can be challenged appropriately.

When a client joins a class who hasn’t learned the Pilates fundamentals, isn’t familiar with safety or even how the equipment functions an instructor has no choice but to tailor class around that student.  Often, this means that the instructor must stay close to the new client. This is to ensure their safety (which takes away from the instructor being able to give cues to all clients). It also mean class flows at a slower pace to accommodate the beginner student.

If you are new to Pilates and want to get great results, consider starting off with some private sessions. This way you can learn the basics. Once you have a basic understanding of Pilates and how the equipment works, you will have no problem joining any of our classes. If you have questions about how to get started at Precision Pilates and Wellness, please email or call me!

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