Pilates Classes for Plus Sized Women

Cheryl Cirelli
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Pilates classes for plus sized women are a great way to get in shape and improve your health.

About Pilates Classes for Plus Sized Women

Pilates is an exercise that women of all sizes and skills can do. It focuses on stretching and breathing to connect both mind and body. It can be tailored to meet your specific fitness needs as well as your specific goals. Pilates classes can done one on one or in a group setting. It all depends on what you feel comfortable with. Taking a class at a local gym is a great way to get started and familiar with pilates.

Private instruction gives you more attention and can be done at the gym or even in your home. There are also pilates videos that can be used at home. Many gyms have instructors who will tailor classes to fit your needs. Maybe you and a friend want to take a private class and are willing to split the cost. This can be discussed at your gym and an arrangement may be made with an instructor.

Pilates is all about perfecting your movements. It requires knowledge as well as guided instruction. A class is a great way to perfect your skills while watching others in the class and the instructor. The instructor can guide you in the right direction and teach you proper pilates techniques and if you plan on using equipment, how to use it properly.

Pilates is an exercise that you can do at your own pace. Many plus sized women find this fact a bonus and are interested in this type of fitness class. There is no competition involved so you are not being judged or tested in your level of skill. Pilates is similar to yoga in that you will be do a series of stretches and learn proper breathing techniques. Pilates is a great way to sculpt your body while gaining valuable health benefits.

Beginner Basics

Once you decide that taking a pilates class is something of interest to you, it is best to know what you need to get started. Loose clothing such as fitness capris and a tee work well as does a leotard. Wear what you feel comfortable in. You will not want to wear anything that is constrictive or uncomfortable.

A mat is another necessity. Some gyms provide mats but you are always given the option to bring your own. If you plan on having a class at home with friends or on your own, some other things you may need include:

  • Exercise ball
  • Bands
  • Rings
  • Reformer machine

One benefit from taking a class at a gym or fitness center is that you will get to try out the various equipment to find what works best for you. You will not need to purchase anything since when you sign up for a class, it is all included. When signing up for a class, be sure that the group instructor is certified in pilates.

Alternatives To Classes

So you just are not ready for a class in a group setting but still want to enjoy the benefits of a pilates workout…what are you to do? There are several options to consider:

  • Buy a book on pilates and educate yourself on the basic techniques.
  • Purchase a DVD and do it on your own. Many DVDs are done in a friendly way that allows you to learn how to master pilates as well as learn new techniques. As you advance, purchase the next level DVD.

End Notes

Pilates classes for plus sized women are a great option for those wanting to get in shape. A class can provide support and instruction as well as get you motivated for your workout.

Pilates Classes for Plus Sized Women