“Pilates is for every body!” That’s a popular phrase right now. But what does that mean? While everyone, regardless of gender, ability, physique, mobility, or experience, can benefit from a traditional Pilates practice, it’s important to remember that we are all unique. So what does that mean for you? Quite a lot.
Not every class is for you (right now). A little hip flexor-y? Maybe the push-through bar isn’t for you today. Just returning from an injury? Skip the Advanced Circuit and try a 101. Feeling stiff? Don’t do a mat workout right now; you need some springs to loosen you up! Joseph Pilates invented dozens of pieces to meet the needs of his clients. Find the class and level that suits you and where your body currently is.
Not every cue is for you. Ever try to put your heels together but your knees got in the way? Or tried to press your shoulders into the mat only to find your neck tensing up and your chest lifting. And what’s so magical about a 45-degree angle of the legs anyway? There are a lot of generic Pilates cues. And even bespoke cues don’t apply to everyone. Try everything you can, but don’t be afraid to ask for clarification or a modification specific to you.
Not every teacher is for you. You need a teacher who challenges you. Who understands your body. Who keeps you learning. But you really need a teacher who gets you! If you’re rolling your eyes with every cheesy joke or anatomy based pun, you’re certainly not enjoying your workout. Find teachers that put you at ease. Whose cues resonate with you. And whose company you enjoy!
Pilates can work for everybody. Sometimes it just takes a little patience to find what’s best for your body. But don’t worry, you’ll get there!
For a more personalized assessment, join us for Pilates for Women (Dec. 2) or Pilates for Men (Dec. 3).