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Pilates is one of many exercise options available in the world. Better yet, it’s excellent for increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. Unlike targeted exercises, Pilates utilizes all of the muscles within your body, providing an overall workout.

Many people choose Pilates as their preferred workout because of its myriad benefits. These benefits include improved posture, coordination, balance, lung capacity, concentration, body awareness, stress management, and more. This is in addition to the benefits mentioned above.

This raises the question – how does one get into Pilates? Read below to learn more.

Find a Teacher

One of the best ways to get into Pilates is by finding a teacher to walk you through the process. Ideally, it would help if you tried to find someone local so that attending regular classes would be less stressful. A good teacher will walk you through the basics and ensure you do each exercise correctly. 

Likely, you will have two options for learning from a teacher – in a group class or private lessons. Go with whichever is more comfortable for you, but know that private lessons will likely be more costly. 

What You Need to Know

As with starting any new exercise regimen, it’s important to remember that progress takes time. You likely won’t leave your first Pilates class feeling like you did everything perfectly – and that’s totally fine. Mastering the moves will take time as your body and mind adjust to the new exercises.

Likewise, it’s important to remember that Pilates focuses on whole health, so conversations about mental and emotional well-being will likely come up throughout a class. Don’t let this alarm you.

What Gear Will You Need?

The good news is that you don’t really need a whole lot of gear to get started in Pilates. A mat or soft surface and a small towel are the only basics you’ll need to get going. While it may be tempting to choose a yoga mat, most people will likely find these are not soft enough for certain Pilates exercises. You can add a towel to the yoga mat to make it more comfortable. 

Don’t Push Yourself

Signing up for a new exercise class or style can be exciting! However, it’s important to remember not to push yourself. While some workout styles encourage one to work out to the point of pain, Pilates is not one of them. If you feel anything more than a slight discomfort, it is recommended that you slow down and take a break.