So you have been coming to classes for some time, reaping the benefits of Pilates but you noticed a variety of classes on the schedule (Back Care, Multi-level, Beginner Strength and Conditioning etc.). How do you know which are the classes right for you? When is it appropriate for you to try different classes?
The more challenging classes such as the Multi-Level, Intermediate, and Strength and Conditioning classes are conducted at a faster pace with more challenging exercises. In order to ensure that you progress to the advanced classes in a safe manner, it is essential for you to be familiar with the beginner level exercise and Pilates principles.
So how do you know what classes are appropriate for you?
Everyone progresses through their Pilates practice at a different pace, some people are more consistent and some may have an injury that may be more of an issue. We recommend you to check with your instructor prior to the class to keep an eye on your technique during the class and advise you after on whether you are able to progress to an advanced class. Another thing you may consider is whether you find that the class you attend still provides you with the benefit and physical challenge. If it does, chances are you probably should stay at the same level of class for the time being.
Apart from the tips mentioned, there are however some basic rules to follow:
Prior to joining a Beginner class, it is compulsory to complete three Fundamental classes.
- Multi-level / Beginner Strength and Conditioning (S&C)
You should have attended at least 10 Beginner Reformer classes. As the class is conducted at a faster pace with slightly more challenging exercises, it is recommended to have a good understanding of the fundamentals of Pilates.
- Intermediate classes
Our team of experienced and professional instructors will be able to give you advice on the appropriate level you should be doing. If you are not ready for the next level, this could mean that you need to work on your technique. Perfecting your technique will make you feel the exercise in the right place and prevent yourself from getting injuries.
Other things to note on our specialty classes:
- Prenatal classes
With changes to your body, certain movements must be modified for the benefit to you and your baby. If you are in your first trimester, you must get a written approval from your doctor prior to joining our Pilates classes. Always inform your instructor that you are pregnant and don’t assume you can go to your regular class, just because you feel fine.
- Postnatal classes
Your body needs time to recover after giving birth to your little one. If you are looking to do Pilates, we recommend you to start classes 6 weeks after a natural birth and 12 weeks after a C-section. Most importantly, make sure you have received an ‘all clear’ sign from your gynaecologist! For those who are looking for a comprehensive postnatal programme, we also have a Postnatal package designed specially to help new mums ease back into Pilates.
- Express classes
These classes are 45 minutes long and conducted at a faster pace than our usual full hour classes. As such, we emphasise on class punctuality. Don’t forget for each Express Class that you attend, $10 will be credited back to your account for your next package purchase.
One great thing about our regular class packages is that they can be used for any classes, so you may get to attend your favourite class. We hope this guide will help you to pick out the right class and get the most of your workout!
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– Daniel Dittmar, Director and Head Instructor