Why Are You Scared Of Pilates?
The benefits of Pilates are no secret and you probably think it’s time to give it a try or even continue from where you left off. However, just the thought of going for a Pilates class wrecks your nerves and you’re wondering if you can handle it. To make matters even more tricky, people online or around you talk about some of their unpleasant experiences or even share myths about the exercise and you’re about to just let the idea go but hold that thought!
Let’s start by saying that feeling scared about trying out Pilates or even taking on a new fitness goal is okay; it’s quite normal actually especially when it’s your first time. That being said, getting the wrong information about Pilates can make you even more discouraged and that is why we’re always willing to address any Pilates-related fears that our clients might have. Though not all, we’ve shared some of the questions that we get asked more often than not, and let us add that the answers we gave were convincing enough for them to get started on their Pilates journey!
Most Common Pilates Fears And The Truth
Being Really Unfit
Let us ask you this question; how does one move from being unfit to become fit? It’s by choosing to take the first step to be fit! One fear that some people have about Pilates is that you need to be physically fit to get started or you won’t be able to keep up with the exercises. That’s not necessarily the case; even though your fitness level can benefit the progress you make on your Pilates journey, as a beginner, there’s no rush or pressure.
Just like with any new workout, you need to start at a slow pace for your body to get used to the exercises and as you stay consistent, your fitness level would improve allowing you to take on more challenging moves. This is why we advise clients to get in touch with us so that we can recommend the appropriate class for their fitness level.
A Beginner That Doesn't Want To Look Stupid
No one wants to look stupid or clumsy in a room filled with people they don’t know. You might’ve already pictured yourself acting so uncoordinated and failing whilst trying to perfect some of the moves and everyone staring at you and laughing. We’re glad to tell you that it won’t play out like that and don’t let your mind stand in the way of your Pilates goals. Every class is filled with people that have different aims to achieve with Pilates and they’re too focused on getting the breathing technique and balance right to notice your mistakes.
In this Pilates journey, it’s all about you, your focus should be on your progress so don’t be too hard on yourself when you slip up from time to time.
It’s Only For Women
To put it simply, Pilates is for men and women. This exercise that helps to improve core strength, posture, balance, mind, and so on is certainly not biased towards the female gender. Just to remind you, Pilates was created by a man called Joseph Pilates and the method (clinical Pilates) has helped so many male athletes with rehabilitation and also to prevent injuries.
In addition, Pilates might seem like light stretching making it a women’s exercise but that’s far from the truth! Visually, it might not look challenging but your body would feel the impact with techniques that make you work every muscle in your body.
What If It’s Too Difficult
It’s quite normal to get intimidated when it seems like a new workout style might be too difficult to keep up with. However, the exercises are at different levels so when you’re a beginner, the instructor takes you through somewhat easy techniques. Starting simple allows your body to get used to the techniques of Pilates and then as you feel more prepared and confident, you get introduced to more challenging movements that won’t feel overwhelming for you.
Age Could Be A Barrier
One amazing thing about Pilates is that it can be modified to suit both young and old individuals. If you’re over 50 and you would love to get involved in Pilates, it’s possible! Wherever you are physically, this exercise can be carried out to help improve your flexibility, confidence, and strength. The common worries would be the level of difficulty, falling, or hurting your back but that won’t be the case as your professional Pilates teacher would only introduce techniques that are low impact and safe for your body.
Just like we’ve pointed out, having these fears is totally normal and you’re not the only one with these thoughts. This is why the pilates class you choose to attend is also important as it can impact the way you feel about the exercise. Being a part of a pilates class that keeps you engaged and also makes you feel welcome, at ease, and vulnerable enough to keep trying is very important in your pilates journey.
Get started today by booking a class with us.