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How to Choose the Right Pilates Instructor Hammersmith

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

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Even though you may have only heard of it relatively recently, Pilates has now been around for nearly a century. In that time a great many people have set up Pilates studios Hammersmith to offer lessons and these days you'll also find group classes offered at your local gym/community centre/village hall as well. This does mean that choosing the right Pilates instructor Hammersmith for you can seem like a bit of a daunting task. But the fact is that it does not have to be.

Pilates Basics You Should Know

If you are brand new to the world of Pilates before you start seeking out the right Pilates classes Hammersmith there are a few basics you should know.

1. Pilates is pronounced “Pi-lah-tees” and not “Pie-lates.”

2. Pilates was actually by its creator, a man named Joseph Pilates, a German athlete and movement visionary who trained athletes, dancers and the layperson in the late 1920s to 1960s.

3. All of the first Pilates sessions were private sessions. Pilates was not a fan of group classes and so he never taught any.

4. Joseph Pilates was very creative and built unique equipment for specific purposes and sometimes even for a specific client. But his original work was all on the floor. This is now referred to as “Mat work.”

5. Pilates developed a system—a ‘method’ of unique exercises to be done in a specific order for a specific purpose. That purpose, very fundamentally, was to promote spinal flexibility as well as core strength, so you have a powerful centre from which to move. “If your spine is stiff at 30,” Pilates said, “you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.”

6. A Pilates session can be a vigorous work out, but it is also a corrective exercise! Joe Pilates called his own work Contrology and said, “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit

7. Pilates is a form of exercise that can be customized for everyone. It is NOT one size fits all, another reason Pilates himself was no fan of the idea of group class Pilates.

So, are you ready to begin your search for the right Pilates instruction for you? Here are some pointers to help you.

1. Start with ‘classical’ or ‘traditional’ Pilates! This is the original work/method from which all the other Pilates schools and fusion classes borrow and transmute. The studio and/or teacher bios will reflect ‘Classical’ in their description.

2. Pay attention to the intake process. Did you complete an intake form where you notated both your possible injuries, condition and personal goals? Did your teacher talk to you about your “stuff.” Do you think he/she listened?

Many people who start taking classes with a Pilates instructor Hammersmith are doing so because of old injuries or health conditions and have been advised by their medical professionals that Pilates is a good idea. And so the best Pilates instructor Hammersmith will always be interested in a student's medical history so that they can tailor the sessions to best suit them.

3. Do privates lessons first! Gift yourself a few. Group classes are fine - and can even be fun - but the extra 1 on 1 attention you can get during privates classes with a Pilates instructor Fulham really are the best way for a newbie to get started.

Do you like the vibe in the studio? Do you like your teacher? Experiment with different teachers and don’t be precious. Different teachers will language things differently or use touch or imagery or make a new adjustment to help you. All worthwhile!

4. Be a beginner! We all have egos and we all like to be good at things but as with everything, there is a learning curve in Pilates Hammersmith. So, wherever you are is perfect. Could you walk on day one after you were born? Or ride a bike as soon as you unwrapped your first one at Christmas as a toddler? We doubt it very much!

8. Lastly, be proud of yourself for trying something new. Perhaps it’s scary or intimidating, but you are not going to let that inner critic best you? Of course you aren't. And if you have made the right choice of Pilates instructor Hammersmith they won't let you do that either.

Types of Pilates

Not many people know this, but there are six types of pilates! It might be hard to distinguish over text, so I would suggest looking at videos to see which type is best for you.

Classical Pilates

Classical pilates was created by joseph pilates in the 1920s. This involves both mat and apparatus work. The standard distinction between Classical Pilates and the other message focuses on your hips tilted towards your back. This position is known as a posterior pelvic tilt. This position and a few other positions with the head end represent the difference between classical Pilates Hammersmith and other methods.

Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates often get confused with yoga since the main exercise is on a mat. This method can also use machines and equipment, but the main focus will be on your core by using the mat. Emotions will be pretty similar to the classical Pilates method.

Reformer Pilates

This method can be a bit intimidating to many as it focuses on core strengthening. Reformer Pilates uses a structured machine like a bed 2 add resistance from the springs, straps and grips.

The machine helps with postural alignment and is a great low impact workout. Itcommon can be more intense than Matt classes but is a great way to burn more calories and lose weight.

Contemporary Pilates

Contemporary Pilates is based on the classical method. The exercises are based on contemporary research, but it can Berry depending on the instructor. This method is less intimidating and is also a less traditional workout.

Stott Pilates

A ballerina, Moira Merrithew, studied pilates after a neck injury and led to stotting pilates.

This method takes similar principles to the classical method and will add props. These props can include a stability ball, foam roller, and BOSU. The props help with balance and stability. In contrast to classical Pilates, Stott Pilates helps maintain the natural curve of the lower spine.

Winsor Pilates

Mari Winsor popularised her Pilates with infomercials. Her fitness videos focused on weight loss and sculpting the body.

The Pilates can contain classical exercises in a nontraditional order.

You can expect 13 pilates mat movements in 20-minute workouts. This timing makes it easier for beginners looking for a quick workout.

Benefits of Pilates Classes Hammersmith UK

If you are still on the fence about Pilates Hammersmith, then don’t worry. There are many challenges, but they bring these fantastic long term benefits.

Physical Benefits

  1. Pilates classes focus on targeting your abs, lower back, and glutes. Using your body weight, you will regain a sense of balance. Pilates is more than just movement, it is a strength-building exercise.

  2. As I said, you are using your body weight while gravity is the resistance. In pictures, and movies it looks easy, but you are building lean muscle mass. Aside from that, you are also developing an increased and faster metabolism.

  3. Lastly, another physical benefit is your increased flexibility. All of the movements are stretching your muscles and can be advance. The result from this leads to more flexibility and agility.

Mental Benefits

  1. Pilates classes Hammersmith and all over the world provide many mental benefits. Some positions will be challenging, and it will test your mentality. You have to push through every movement, and it builds a solid and confident mindset.

After time has passed, you will be able to look back and be proud of yourself that you pushed through it. This new mindset helps people approach new opportunities with confidence.

  1. While you are doing your “pilates private lessons in Hammersmith”, you are also connecting with your body. You are generating awareness through the movements, and this carries with you outside the studio.

You will be able to understand your body and recognise signs of distress.

  1. During the movements to help push through the challenges, you are focusing on your breathing. The breathing will help with control and quiet your mind.

  2. As I mentioned, the breathing technique helps to improve your focus. By improving focus, it can help individuals respond to specific events in life. A focused mind will allow room for improved thinking and problem-solving.

  3. As expected, Pilates Hammersmith is a great way to take time to yourself and relieve stress.

So why not get in touch for an introductory call? See if La Dolce Studio could be your dream place for a Pilates class in Hammersmith today!

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