How to start your Pilates workout at home?
Starting a workout routine at home can be intimidating but extremely rewarding. If you are considering taking this time to discover Pilates, here are some tips that have helped me and I hope can help you make your experience a wonderful one.
- Pick a teacher
Experiencing a workout is not only about the intensity, class types or difficulty level, it is also about the human connection. We learn Pilates through our senses;
our eyes and ears as we are all facing a screen. Pick a teacher whom you can understand what they are cueing, whom you can follow along or it could be someone who inspires you or relates to you. Teachers have different personalities which influences their style of teaching and there are many fantastic teachers out there, so give their classes a go with an open-mind!
- Is Pain good?
Pain is a good teacher for our bodies, when there is pain, our body is trying to tell us something. So is pain good? Delayed Onset Muscles soreness (DOMS) is the kind of pain you feel in your muscles as a result of a new workout routine or a strenuous session. It is usually felt 1 to 3 days after your session. On the other hand, sharp pain in your joints or muscles are not the kind of pain you should be experiencing. It is good to learn how you can relieve tension and soreness after a workout session, our teacher Jeremy teaches Effective recovery from Sports which will be useful in relieving sore muscles to aid in your recovery. But what about feeling tension after a full day of work? Our teacher Dorcas has also created a class Get rid of shoulder tension to help you relieve those sore neck and shoulders muscles. Check out their classes here: https://bodytreegroup.com/bodytree-live-group-classes/
- Get the essentials
When we jump in the bandwagon of working out at home, you might be thinking that you need lots of props. For starters, other than a mat, you can actually find things or furniture at home. Get creative! If you don’t have a strap at the moment, use an old towel. If u need support but your blocks haven’t arrived, use hard cover books, stools or chairs. Get yourself the basic mat and slowly build your stack of props as you build your practice. Check out the class on Full Bodyworkout with your Furniture by our teacher Jasmine.
As you are diving deeper into your home workouts, you will start to understand what props you will need to enhance your training at home. For example, you can enhance your myofascial release sessions by using lacrosse balls which have higher density instead of tennis balls or a vibration roller that can accelerate your results by 5x. Or using a texture mat to improve your sensory feedback and therefore improving your body awareness in space. Find out more: https://bodytreegroup.com/product-category/stay-home-equipment/
- Ask questions and get answers
Your teacher is here for you. Some exercises, cues might leave you with some questions or you might be feeling certain muscles group working instead of what your teacher is saying. Ask them after class if they are available or email them your questions. Address your questions, be inquisitive about your own body. Start asking the whys instead of just the whats. Use this as an amazing opportunity to learn about your own body, understand what you are doing and you start to enjoy your workout sessions more.
- Customise YOUR own workout
Find someone to do it with you. It doubles the fun, trust me. Stop planning for the right time to start, just do it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be a 1-hour class. If you have access to pre-recorded videos, pause and play whenever you feel you need a break! Start
taking these baby steps and reward yourself. Build a more resilient mind and body!
These are just some ways we hope can help you get started and our team has created these classes with you in mind. If you are interested to try a class we offer, head down to pilatesbodytree.com/site2020/livegroup to sign up! Alternatively, if you prefer pre-recorded videos, you can choose from the variety of videos here https://bodytreegroup.com/online-classes/ .