Back from holidays and your body now complains about the three million ice creams you had? Between you and me, mine complains for the at least 2 million cocktails I was posting on insta! Lol!
I can guess what is going to be next: exercise!! Autumn is officially one of the busiest periods for the fitness instructors. You might also have seen queues at the gyms from people registering.
And here comes the million dollar question: “Shall I take private Pilates lessons or just join a group classe?”.
I would love to talk about it now as we all have the “back to exercise” feeling and we have to do it right. I would personally suggest to start with private lessons to those who never did Pilates in the past. You can always start with classes or privates or even combine both, although:
Private lessons are designed to provide exactly what an individual’s body needs. The private class will give you the confidence to perform all exercise without the stress that someone else is looking at you. You can perform the exercises in your pace and physiologically speaking, private lessons permit wrong postures and analysis to the movement. It is an ideal way to start if you are new to Pilates and you do not know what to expect from the session. It will also provide a safe environment to move and allow your joins to perform as much as they can. In an 1:1 session the teacher can progress you faster and challenge you as much as you need while at the same time can analyse every single movement till you understand the technique. The teacher has the privilege of time to analyse the ABC’s of Pilates which are the basic Pilates principles, Alignment, Breathing, Centring and “s” for the scapulohumeral rhythm. Very important principles to adopt and see the difference in and on your body.
In a group class there is always a nice vibe of a workout. Socialising was the number one reason I was personally going to a group class. The teacher limits the correction to the most important ones so you can enjoy a lovely flow through the workout. You might miss some information about the fundamentals ABC’s of Pilates as the Q & A’s might interrupt the flow so they are automatically being pushed usually at the end of the session. While, in a private session you can always ask the teacher things you do not get.
The natural progress I would suggest as a teacher is to start with privates. The number of privates depend on how easily you can understand and pass the technique to your body. As well as,
how your body reacts to the movement.
When you feel ready I would suggest to combine privates with group classes. That’s an amazing way to progress yourself. You will apply all Pilates fundamentals into new and challenging exercises while you repeat the theory in the private sessions. Also you can still focus on Q & A in your 1:1 that come up from the practise in the group class. And the last step for me, would be only the group classes were you can let yourself free. Having the knowledge of the technique, you can perform and enjoy a challenging workout with good alignment, breathing and centring.
I have personally done the other way around. Starting with group classes and end up with privates. It was an interesting journey as I was discovering more things all the time but I wish I would have started with privates, because I would have been in a good posture much earlier. Here, I would like to thank all my teachers and I would advice you to talk to your teacher while performing. We need to know how you feel through the movement so we give you the best exercises for you.
Next month – Can I do Pilates?