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Getting Started with Pilates

getting started with pilatesHEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

Before attending your first Quinn Pilates class, you will need to complete a short health questionnaire.

If you are in any doubt whether you are able to exercise, please consult your doctor first. Your Pilates instructor will be happy to talk through any health concerns with you prior to class.

Clothing & Equipment

There are a few things to consider when you dress for a Pilates workout. Your clothes should be comfortable and allow you to move and stretch fully. Layers are always good as although it's not a class where you will be sweating, you can get quite warm. Also, some of the venues in the winter can get quite cool so extra layers help at the beginning until you warm up.

Your instructor will need to be able to see your body well enough to see the alignment of your bones and how your muscles are engaging, so while loose clothing is OK, baggy is not. You will also want to avoid baggy clothes because some Pilates exercises could be a bit revealing if your clothes are too loose.

Pilates is usually done barefoot, so no fancy footwear is needed, although many clients do like to wear none slip socks.

If you have an exercise mat bring it along, if not don’t worry - I do have spares! If you enjoy Pilates and want to continue attending classes regularly you may want to get your own mat. If you’re looking to purchase a mat, I would recommend getting a thicker one as the extra padding is good on the harder floors.

What to expect at a Quinn Pilates class

Each class will last 45 minutes and will consist of a range of mobility, strength and core work!

Quinn Pilates classes are suitable for all abilities as I give different levels for each exercise. Some classes are more suitable for beginners but all classes will challenge you, as even the simplest of moves can be a challenge if done with thought and control.

As well as toning, improving strength, flexibility, coordination, and posture, you're guaranteed to feel less stressed and have an uplifting sense of well-being at the end of every class.

How to get the most out of your Pilates WORKOUT

  • Always get your start/setup position correct.
  • Get the basics right first, don’t rush onto the next level. You will get more out of doing a lower level correct then a harder level incorrect.
  • Slow down, don’t rush through the moves. Pilates is slow and controlled, faster doesn’t mean better, sometimes the slower you go the harder it can be.
  • Focus on what you are doing and what you are aiming to get from each exercise, whether it’s not allowing the rib cage to lift or engaging that core.
  • If you're not sure if something is right, just ask.

Now that we've covered the basics - come along to one of our classes and give Pilates a try... Enjoy!