I hear you. In fact, I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this. But here’s the good news:
You DON’T have to BE in shape to start Pilates!
In fact, Reformer Pilates is uniquely helpful for people just starting out, or just re-starting. Exercise is hard, but the Reformer can help you. Here’s how:
First, Pilates is You v.s. the Springs. This means your well-trained, eagle-eyed instructor can make quick and simple adjustments to the amount of tension you are experiencing. In non-equipment-based classes like Mat Pilates, it’s You v.s. Gravity, and gravity don’t change, son. When you’re not strong enough (yet) to perform a move, there’s a greater chance for injury or cheating if you’re fighting gravity than an adjustable springload.
Second, you’re lying down! Much of Pilates is done lying down on your back or belly, and another large part is done sitting. Yes, there are lots of moves where you’re standing, or kneeling, or doing other strange things, but those don’t usually show up in a Beginner Pilates class. The Reformer will support you- let it help you.
Third, Pilates is low-impact. Those poor joints you’ve been neglecting for so long can have a hard time transitioning from their current lifestyle into suddenly running 5 miles a day. Pilates puts very little to no impact on your knees, ankles, shoulders, etc. Instead of banging around, you are using focus and deliberation to perfectly execute every repetition. Every single muscle in your body is being recruited to help, so every single muscle is getting involved with moving you during your Pilates class AND during your regular life. This makes moving around in your regular life easier and more enjoyable.
Fourth, as you get stronger and fitter and better at Pilates, you’ll gain confidence and motivation and self-assurance. Now that your brain and your body are in sync, you can try all those classes you’ve been peeking at in the Group Fitness room. Kickboxing, TRX, Spin- the world is your oyster!
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