As a mind-body exercise, Pilates focuses on both the mental and physical aspects of exercise. But, if you’ve never tried it before, it can be a little intimidating. Here are some things you’ll want to know before you step into the studio:
When you walk in the studio, first thing you’ll see is the Pilates reformer that looks a lot like a torture device.
Your instructor will probably be in amazing shape from many years of Pilates.
At first the instructor will tell you to do things you’ve never heard of before – (The Mat Hundreds? The what?) and you’ll be a bit confused.
And the instructor will constantly be reminding you to breathe.
…and you will be amazed at how difficult it is to simply breathe while doing the moves.
And then your instructor will encourage you to push just a littttttle deeper.
You will develop a love/hate relationship with the magic circle that burns super hard… but in a good way.
By the middle of class, you’ll be drenched in sweat.
But after you get the hang of it, you’ll know what to do and you’ll fit right in.
And you’ll eventually look forward to your reformer workouts.
And you’ll nail your mat moves before you know it.
…and you’ll get all of your friends to take a class with you.
Melissa is a former college cheerleader who lives in New York City. She loves to run, practice gymnastics, and try out new classes. She is in her final year of law school.