Pilates 101: What You Should Know

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From the outside looking in, Pilates can look intimidating. A lot of people are hesitant to try it out because they're worried they're not flexible enough, not young enough, or even that they don't have the right clothes.

Here's the good news - none of that matters! The even better news is that at Plank Pilates Morton, we have a Pilates 101 course to help you build your Pilates foundation in an accessible, relaxed way. Here's what you should know:

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise system that promotes a mind-body connection while focusing on strengthening and toning the entire body. It puts a special emphasis on the core, because in Pilates, the core is considered the powerhouse of the body.

Who can Benefit from Pilates?

Everyone! The moves in Pilates range from basic stretching to advanced moves on our Pilates machines. Regardless of where you are in terms of fitness, there is a place for you in Pilates.

The students in our classes range from teens to members in their seventies, so we welcome a wide range of people. It doesn't matter if you've spent the last few decades on the couch or you have been running five marathons a year; there is something for everyone in Pilates.

What is Pilates 101?

Our Pilates 101 course is a 6-week long program that introduces you to the foundations of Pilates, as they were taught by founder Joseph Pilates. We meet once a week for 6 weeks, plus a make-up week at the end for anyone who missed a class. You will learn proper form while building endurance and increasing your flexibility.

Our classes are small, usually about 10-15 attendees. That means that everyone in the class receives attention and guidance from a certified instructor in a casual, encouraging way.

Who should take Pilates 101?

If you are brand new to Pilates, our Pilates 101 program is the ideal way to get started. You'll review the principles and mat moves that make up a classic mat class. However, many of our students have taken Pilates 101 more than once.

For some of them, it's just the right amount of challenge for where they are on their fitness journey. For others, it's helpful to return to the foundations occasionally. Even if you're new to the studio but not Pilates, it's a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with our teaching style, facility and how our classes work.

What comes next?

After your Pilates 101 classes are done, we offer a Pilates 201 class if enough students are interested in it. This is a 4-week extension that continues on from our 101 classes.

If we don't offer that class, you're welcome to try our other classes (Pilates Sculpt and Total Barre are good options) or enroll in another round of Pilates 101. We host it year round.

Do I have to dress a certain way?

Nope! You don't have to shell out for Lululemon workout gear to come to our classes. At Plank, the focus is entirely on you learning something new and feeling great about yourself. As long as you're comfortable and able to move freely, you can wear whatever you'd like.

What else should I know?

This is a consistent class that builds off of what you learn every week. Because of that setup, it's best if you can make every class for the full 6 weeks. But if something comes up, we do offer the makeup class at the end to catch you up.

How do I sign up?

Pilates 101 is a 6-week course, so payment for the total program is due upfront. Our next session begins Tuesday, September 18. The cost to sign up is $60 for the total 6 weeks. You can contact us at info@plankpilatesmorton.com or call 309-431-2387 to get started.