Okay so you have booked your beginners pilates class but before you walk into the class here are the things to know and consider so you feel prepared

  • Health form
    pilates at bodyfixit

    pilates at bodyfixit

I believe a good thorough teacher will insist on a confidential medical health form prior to your taking part in the class. Some facilities like leisure centres etc often don’t do this. The health form helps the teacher know of any issues, any exercises which should be avoided or modified and how they can help you further. At Bodyfixit we do this via online (it gets emailed to you) to reduce paper and more importantly so we can review this before you come in for class.

  • People often say they are anxious about trying something new, in a new place

 So we recommend doing a recce a couple of days before. Do a drive by and work out where class is, where you need to park and if what is traffic like in the area. We find this helps people feel more calm before class and reduces the panic. I know walking into a new class and trying something new can be very daunting and people feel worried about not looking like everyone else or being bendy enough.  At Bodyfixit we have worked really hard on people being made to feel welcome and that all sizes, ages and abilities are able to join in. The people within our classes are often ranged between 40 and 70, you don’t have to be fit or flexible and we try and help each person do what they can and progress. I love this quote by my client Carol who said “I was very self conscious and expected lots of young fitties. I was so relived and happy when I turned up after a lot of anguish beforehand.”

  • How do you get to class

This sounds a weird question but check with the centre, do you need to ring a bell for entry, go to reception or can you just walk in. At Bodyfixit you ring the bell and we come and let you in.

  • Think about whether you will need the toilet beforehand

Quite a few people like to use the toilet before a class. Bare this in mind if you are already running late for the class and the building only have limited facilities. At Bodyfixit we have one toilet so we recommend going before you leave home or allow extra time.

  • Eating before class

Because you are using your stomach muscles, possibly rolling from your back onto your side and lying on your stomach we recommend that you don’t eat a big or heavy meal before doing pilates. We also recommend that you drink water consistently throughout the day to reduce the likelihood of cramp and fatigue.

  • Equipment

Most centres provide equipment but it is worth checking, particularly as due to covid- 19 the regulations about sharing equipment and cleanliness may vary. Matwork classes use a pilates or yoga mat. These can vary in thicknesses, if you are on very hard floor you might benefit from a thicker or 2 mats on top of each other. Matwork classes often use a small head cushion to support your head and help keep it in neutral. So check with your centre or teacher whether you need to bring a mat or towel etc.

  • What should you wear for pilates classes

This is probably the question we get asked most often that and do I need to wear socks. Essentially for pilates classes you want to wear stretchy clothing which you feel comfortable in. It wants to stay in position if you bend forward bring your arms overhead. You can wear shorts but bare in mind you might be bent down on the floor in close proximity to someone else. Men we recommend if you wear shorts you wear cycling shorts underneath to keep the mouse in the house.

I know some teachers prefer to wear more form fitting clothing so that they can see how you are moving under the clothing but at Bodyfixit we don’t mind as long as you aren’t wearing a tent! If you need to change at the centre allow extra time for this so you don’t feel rushed.

  • Socks or not

This depends on the centre and often what type of floor they have. Do try and reduce slipping some centres require you to wear socks with or without grips on the bottom. So check about this. At Bodyfixit we leave the decision up to you although most people wear socks.  My client Elizabeth summed it up beautifully when she said “It doesn’t matter as long as you are comfortable and not impeded in movement by your clothes! It seemed a real conundrum before I started beginners… but as I said nobody’s bothered and it’s not a fashion show! “

I know some teachers prefer to wear more form fitting clothing so that they can see how you are moving under the clothing but at Bodyfixit we don’t mind as long as you aren’t wearing a tent! If you need to change at the centre allow extra time for this so you don’t feel rushed.

  • What to take with you

We recommend you take some water in a bottle and a hand towel which you might like if you are quite a hot person and get sweaty easily

Click here for part 1 – things to know to help you choose the right pilates class for you

Click here for part 3 – before you walk in the pilates class what to know

We hope this encourages you to try a pilates class soon

Gemma