Are you bored of all the old ways of working out and looking for a challenge? You might have seen images of people working up a sweat at Pilates studio online or offline, and wondered what it was all about.
Maybe it’s time that you tried this strenuous, but fantastic workout for yourself. It will make your muscles move and stretch in ways as never before and allow you to see spectacular changes in your body that will motivate you to do even more Pilates.
If you are a bit nervous about trying out Pilates in Singapore, read on to find out what you should expect with your first class and what you should look for in a Pilates studio.
Don’t Get Intimidated by All the Pilates Equipment
The first thing a Pilates newbie like you needs to be aware of is that the equipment in a Pilates studio is going to look, unlike anything you’ve seen before. You might baulk at it and start feeling even more nervous or you might want to back out of the whole deal.
Do not worry! Pilates instructors are experienced at teaching ALL levels in a class, all the way from first-timers to advanced practitioners.
You don’t need to know anything before you come to a Pilates class. Let the instructor know that it’s your first time in class (they will also probably ask everyone before class starts what level they are at). With this knowledge, they will spend extra time guiding and adjusting you throughout the class.
Also, don’t worry about going slower than the rest of the class. Your muscles are not used to these new movements yet and it will take them a while to become comfortable and automatic with them.
But if you stick with it, soon enough you will be zooming through the Pilates workout as if you were born for it.
What To Wear and Bring to Your First Pilates Class
A thing that many beginners worry about is what to wear to their first Pilates class. As it is a workout as any other, you can wear whatever workout clothes you are comfortable with.
Pilates instructors like to look at your body’s form and mechanics to figure out what you need to adjust and work upon. That’s why if you can wear tight form-fitting workout clothes, that would be best.
For ladies, this would mean a tight shirt or sports bra with yoga pants. And for men, it would be a tight t-shirt and yoga or biker shorts (always try to wear compression shorts under any loose shorts, as you will be doing lots of elevated and widespread positions with your legs).
In terms of footwear, you can wear skid-resistant socks, as you will be leaving your shoes at the door. You can also go barefoot if you are comfortable with that.
Also, depending on the Pilates studio (enquire beforehand), you probably won’t need to bring a towel, drinking water, or a mat. They will be provided by the studio.
Finally, remember to arrive at the studio at least 10 minutes before the class is about to begin because you will need to fill out some paperwork before your first class. You will also need to get comfortable and familiar with the studio setup.
It’s also a good idea to come beforehand and take a look at all the equipment to see what is in store for you (don’t worry the instructor will explain it all to you in good time).
Don’t forget to inform your instructor if you have any injuries or aches and pains that will cause you to have issues with certain movements. Your Pilates instructor will never expect you to work through the pain, and if some exercise feels like it’s causing you a sharp pain anywhere, stop immediately and ask for an alternative.
Remember That a Pilates Workout Is Tailored to You
If you are still feeling apprehensive, remember that a pilates workout is always tailored to you and your particular level. You are not there to compete with anyone else. No one cares what you are up to as they are too busy with their mind-bending workout.
That’s why you need to speak up when something hurts or something doesn’t feel right. It’s not the time to play hero or heroine and work through the pain. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to push yourself and go beyond your limits. BUT sharp pain, aches, or anything that feels like nerve pain is not to be tolerated and pushed through.
The Pilates instructor is there to tailor your workout to you. They will be coming around and ensuring that you are feeling good in your body while at the same time pushing your muscles to do something unfamiliar. Treat them as your friend and talk to them about what your body’s feeling – that way you can have the best workout possible.
You don’t want to push yourself into injury mode and never try Pilates again. That would be such a shame.
How To Choose A Pilates Studio in Singapore
Pilatique is a state-of-the-art Pilates studio in Singapore that is the place to go if you are a beginner and want to try Pilates. We have internationally recognized certified Pilates instructors who are current with their certifications. We also have a fully equipped studio with the latest equipment from STOTT PILATES.
And you don’t need to worry about COVID-19, as our studio is SG Clean certified, with all surfaces disinfected several times a day. Many of Singapore’s Pilates instructors take courses and get certified at Pilatique as it’s a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Centre.
Ready for Your First Class at a Pilates Studio?
With this, you must be feeling a bit more ready to tackle a new class at a Pilates studio in Singapore. No need to be shy or nervous. With trained, experienced, and knowledgeable instructors, you will always feel like you are in safe hands, especially if you go to Pilatique Pilates Studio in Singapore.
Take the plunge today. Get a complimentary 30-45 minutes consultation trial with certified Pilates instructors at Pilatique.