Are you planning to attend Pilates in Singapore? Before walking into the Pilates studio for your first class, it’s better to equip yourself with basic information to make the experience fun and enjoyable. It can be a little daunting at first but once you’ve survived the first time, you will look forward to attending the next class.
Pilates uses a variety of stretching techniques to create a mind body workout that helps develop a strong core. It is highly effective in working out the body’s muscles to provide flexibility and building long and lean muscles. There are various types of Pilates classes in which some involves the use of a machine called the Reformer and individual instructors while the more common type is the mat group class. The mat class setting is a popular choice for health-conscious people and is taken in either a Pilates or dance studio or a health club.
Below are important things you should know before starting your Pilates in Singapore.
What to Bring:
Attending a Pilates won’t demand you to bring much to the studio. Most of the time the studio will provide any equipment that might be needed for the session. But if you are going to be in a mat class setting, you may want to bring your own mat. Bringing your own mat is preferable if you plan to take a lot of classes. Pilates mats are quite similar to yoga mats but are often made a little thicker; so be sure to acquire a Pilates mat not a yoga mat. Some Pilates moves involve rolling on the lower back, so an extra thickness offers additional cushioning and protection to your back.
You can buy Pilates mat in many stores or online. Otherwise, you can enquire in your studio if they sell Pilates mat. Meanwhile, you may also bring a water bottle to make sure that you are well-hydrated before you start the class, and an extra set of clothing.
What to Wear:
When it comes to what to wear to your Pilates workout, there are a few things you need to consider. First, you should make certain that your clothes let you move and stretch fully and comfortably. Your instructor must be able to see your body well enough to determine your body alignment as well as to know how your muscles are engaging. Wear something comfortable but not baggy. Avoid baggy clothes as it might hinder you from performing some movements. For hygiene purposes, it’s recommended that you wear a pair of socks for your class.
There are several lines of workout clothing available in many stores, so you should be able to find one for you. With various clothing made just for Pilates, you should not get overwhelmed with the choices. Keep your outfit simple and comfortable to have on. Avoid wearing accessories such as necklaces, dangling earrings, bracelets or belts to your Pilates class as they might get caught up in the equipment, causing injury.
What to Do:
As much as possible, arrive at the studio at least 10 minutes before the start of the class so that you will have enough time to change into your Pilates outfit and find an ideal spot where you feel most comfortable. When you arrive at the studio, you can ask the front desk staff where the changing room is and where you can store your stuff. Always listen and follow your instructor in your Pilates.