When anyone is trying a new workout to see how it will fit with their daily schedule, one of the first things they should understand is the expectations. What do they expect to get from this routine? What are the expected results? What should they expect to focus their energy on in regards to the challenges? Our expectations can sometimes outweigh the experience and initial results, which can lead us down the path of discouragement and disappointment. But that doesn’t have to be the case if we set achievable expectations. When it comes to Pilates, what should a beginner expect and how does it evolve into the next level?
Expectations of Beginners
When a student begins their Pilates training, they should expect to spend much of their time learning the fundamentals, which will allow them greater success as they evolve into advanced levels. First, it is important to build up control, awareness, and the correct muscle engagement for the intended position. Stabilization and breathing, in conjunction with preparing for the upcoming movement, is imperative to advancement. Understanding where the pelvic placement is and being able to adjust according to instruction, as well as realizing proper positioning and spine lengthening in support of the body while moving between postures, is also to be expected in the early stages. These fundamentals are key to creating a quality basis to continue Pilates training. After some experience with Pilates, a student will begin to naturally connect breath and movement, while maintaining stable pelvic positions and control on the equipment.
Expectations of Intermediate
By this point, a student will recognize exercises by name and their corresponding equipment, and due to naturally connecting their breathing and movement, they will be able to work at a quicker pace without a need for direction from the instructor. A student at this level will also understand how their bodies will respond and can modify exercises if necessary. Because of the fundamentals learned previously, an intermediate student can also incorporate dynamic movement, flowing through transitions with safety and more complex positioning. They also know the proper order of classical positions, and, therefore, can complete their workout with minimal interruption.
Expectations of Advanced
We will go into more depth of what an advanced student can achieve in our next blog, but here are a few things one can expect when at the advanced level: the ability to flow through a controlled and efficient workout, even when variations are requested by the instructor. An advanced student can activate muscles on demand and adjust positioning while on an unstable surface without assistance, and many at this level even become instructors themselves.
Becoming an advanced Pilates student does not occur unless the fundamentals are second nature; one does not exist without the other. Pilates is a deliberate and specific exercise regimen that requires dedication and discipline, but once the fundamentals are set, it can become the most thorough and inspiring workout for all body types and physical needs. Call us today and see if Pilates is the right fit for you!