How do I start?

When it comes to Pilates, private tuition is the best way to start. Once started you can continue this until you have a thorough grip of the working principles and be able to put them into practice without reminders. Pilates training from COOL Pilates is both mentally and physically complex, requiring great attention to detail.

A therapist or doctor may have advised you to undertake some Pilates. It is important to choose carefully what you do. If you are fit and healthy, you will get best results if you undertake a course of apparatus based Pilates, particularly if you have back pain or shoulder pain. Apparatus based classes work in groups of 4-6, with groups of more than 5 supervised by two teachers. You can also work to an individually tailored programme in an apparatus based class.

For a more upbeat form of Pilates, it is best to join a reformer class for a faster moving all-round workout. This type of class will help tone and strengthen the body.

In the UK, it is common to find Pilates classes being run in gyms, fitness clubs, health centres, and spas. However, because there is no national standard for the teaching of Pilates, it is fair to say that not all Pilates teachers are created equal. The UK government is attempting to establish some sort of national standard for the teaching of Pilates through Skillsactive. A Register of Exercise Professionals has already been established. This standard currently does not apply to studio teaching. So when approaching an prospective Pilates teacher you should ask a few questions such as Where did you train? For how long? How long have you been teaching Pilates? How much anatomy have you done? Did your training include real-life case studies? What size groups did you teach? Quality teachers, like those you will find at COOL Pilates, will have trained for at least one year full-time, while continuing to undertake Professional Development courses.

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