Pilates is a great way of getting fit, and if you want to learn how to use and move your body well, how to correct posture and misalignments, and prevent strains and other injuries from plaguing you, Pilates is just the thing for you! This form of exercise promotes better movements, it helps you to increase your flexibility and strength, and even people with disabilities or loss of mobility can reconnect with their bodies and minds again with the use of Pilates.
It is an exercise discipline that not only provides physical benefits, but also a whole range of mental, emotional and even spiritual benefits. If you are keen to explore this type of exercise, it is highly recommended that you find an instructor who can evaluate your fitness levels and gain insight into how well your body moves, which is why it is vital that you find an instructor at a Pilates studio that is suited to you.
Finding the most suitable Pilates studio can sometimes be a challenge because there are so many around, and it sometimes seems that everybody who has even attended a class in Pilates somehow has set up their own studio. To help you find the best Pilates studio and instructor for you, we have collated some tips that you may find useful.
1. It must be local: Find a studio that is close to your work or home, as this will make it easier to attend more lessons. If you are far away from your studio, regardless of how awesome it is, you will be less inclined to go through the trouble of attending regular classes. Make a list of some of the viable studios in your area.
2. Pay them a visit: Once you have your list, visit the studios in turn. This will give you the opportunity to see the layout of the studio, observe the condition of the facilities, and to meet some of the instructors or even the owner/manager. The studio must be a good fit for your needs, especially if you have mobility issues.
3. Assess the instructors: Ask for references and the instructor’s biography or CV. This is usually available on the web, or you can ask for a copy at the studio. Ensure that they received comprehensive training and qualified with a recognised qualification, such as BASI Pilates. Remember that a good course will involve well over 600 hours of learning and teaching before certification can take place! Ask about qualifications about equipment as well, and what variety of equipment is included in the qualification.
4. Look at equipment: A good Pilates studio should at the very least possess a Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, mats and barrels, and instructors should be qualified to use all of these. If you have mobility issues or limb loss, you may have to focus on specific types of specialised equipment that can help you with your exercise. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
5. Amenities: Ensure that you like the look and condition of the facilities or amenities. There is nothing worse than an old, mouldy bathroom and badly maintained studios with dirty equipment. Ensure that hygiene is maintained and that you will feel comfortable exercising at that studio.
For more information on choosing your ideal Pilates studio, speak to our consultants or visit one of our BASI Pilates studios today!