You have decided to try Pilates. Welcome to a whole new world! Some people understand and appreciate the benefits of Pilates right away, while others may need more time. These Pilates tips are for you if you feel like you are just not “getting” it or are not seeing results as quickly as you hoped to. My goal is to encourage you!

“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” ~ Joseph Pilates

Four Pilates Tips That Will Help You Get Results Sooner

  1. Be patient. Always be kind to yourself, and most of all, be patient. It takes time for your body to learn new things. Pilates is a whole new way of moving. One of the most important Pilates tips I give my clients is to look at it like learning a new language. Focus and do your best. In time and with patience, you will feel and see results.
  1. Be persistent. Don’t give up. Stick with it. It’s worth it. I’ve had many clients tell me they finally “get” what I’m teaching them after months of instruction. They may have begun to feel like they’d never catch on, but they persisted. Persistence pays off. Think long term fitness and wellness. There is no time limit. Pilates is a workout that is gentle enough to do anytime for the rest of your life.
  1. Practice. There is a reason for the expression practice makes perfect. And while reminding you to practice may seem too obvious to be on my list of Pilates tips, the reality is, you can’t succeed if you don’t work on perfecting your practice. It’s also important to understand that Pilates is not a performance. It’s a personal activity that belongs to you and only you. Don’t try to keep up with anyone else, and don’t worry about what you look like. Just strive to do your personal best. I strongly encourage you to practice at home as well as in class. Doing “home-work” helps you learn faster and see results quicker.
  1. Be present. You need both your body and your mind to do Pilates. So, the final piece of advice on my list of Pilates tips is leave your worries at the door! Difficult, yes, but possible (especially with practice). It’s important to be in the here and now. You want to participate in the practice, not just go through the motions. When you are distracted during your Pilates practice, you will not get results. When you are present, you will see the benefits. Everything on your mind before class will still be there after your workout. But maybe you will have a fresher, clearer perspective once you’ve focused your mind and moved your body. I know this is always true for me.

Mat Pilates is a Great Way to Begin

I suggest mat Pilates as a great way to begin. On the mat, you’ll learn the fundamentals without the added confusion of working with new apparatus. Pilates mat exercises will help you gain strength and confidence. It’s just you, your mat, and your body.

Whether you choose Pilates on the mat or on the apparatus, don’t give up. Pilates is worth the effort; that I know for sure!

About Susan Sommers

Hi, I’m Susan Sommers. I’m a native New Yorker, living on the Upper West Side. Pilates Body NYC provides private in-home Pilates instruction, focusing on mindful movement that enables you to reconnect with your body. My mantra is fitness is achieved one thought, one step, and one day at a time. It is a commitment you make to yourself to treat yourself right and give your body what it needs as you age. I believe that Pilates is much more than exercise. I practice it as a way of life that brings strength, awareness, and mindfulness to everything I do. My wish is to help you experience the same.
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