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5 Things: You'll Learn In Your First Pilates Session

5 Things: You'll Learn In Your First Pilates Session

If you are curious about Pilates but want to know a little bit more about what to expect at your first class - here's a list of five concepts you will likely learn early on in your first session or group class.

  1. Finding your deep abs, aka transverse abdominis. You work your deep abs in every Pilates exercise, so chances are you will start here. These deep muscles can be hard to isolate without squeezing your bum or tucking your pelvis.
  2. Breathing. Every exhale is a chance to work your deep abs since they work when you force an exhale. Sounds simple but it takes a little practice. You will also learn how to inhale without tensing your shoulders.
  3. Finding neutral spine is a key part of the Pilates repertoire. You will learn how to keep your spine in neutral alignment (keeping its natural curves) while you a) breathe and b) move.
  4. Articulating your spine - this means moving one vertebra at a time. Basically this is the opposite of the "neutral position" and works the flexibility of your spine.
  5. Learning the upper abdominal position - you want to be able to lift your head without straining your neck and to find the spot to optimize your upper ab work.
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My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
would this be in the 'yoga' family? I'm looking for an add in/change up in my workout to get grounded and meditate for awhile..would that be more this or yoga?
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
I used to think that pilates wouldn't burn enough calories to be worth the effort. However, I have to say that even though it is not as cal torching as 40 min on the elliptical, it is relaxing and since I have started doing it I've noticed that I'm super-toned from it moreso than I am from any other gym class. I love it even though my neck totally hurt the first time- I have a rock solid core now.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i am dying to take a pilates class! this makes me want to do it ever more!
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