What to expect when starting Pilates

Starting Pilates for the first time can be both an exciting and sometimes slightly daunting time, so I’m going to share some pointers with you from both my own and some of my clients’ early experiences. It’s essential to begin with the basics—correct Pilates breathing techniques and learning how to connect your abdominal muscles and stabilise your abdominals as you add a simple movement. There are no shortcuts. It takes time to establish these connections both mentally and physically and the first 10 sessions are a steep learning curve as there is so much new information to absorb. Somewhere between the sixth and eighth session, everything seems to come together. I’ve seen many of my clients have this experience! The 10 session-mark really is an important milestone and once you pass that point, you are well on your way.

Patience is a Virtue at Pilates
Our modern world is fast-paced and we are constantly being propelled towards everything instant, including results.
Contrary to everything we are conditioned to expect in the modern world, developing your Pilates practice and beginning to see results in your body and mind takes time, which is where patience comes in. It’s a little like learning to speak a foreign language or play a musical instrument—we must put in the time and effort to acquire the technique and skill, but the results are our reward and it’s important to enjoy the journey along the way. Any worthwhile skill, like Pilates, also provides an opportunity for new discovery and challenges which keeps the practice interesting and allows for progression.

Be Kind to Yourself at Pilates
Try not to pressure yourself into achieving results too soon or compete with other people. Joseph Pilates designed his method to be non-competitive so don’t fall into the trap of measuring your own experiences and progress with those of others.

Persevere at Pilates
The most important thing is to never give up and persevere with your Pilates training. There will be ups and downs, but once you acquire these valuable skills, it will become a way of life. You can then look back on your early days of Pilates and see how far you’ve come in your Pilates journey, so stay with it!