We know that your first time in a Pilates studio can be a bit overwhelming. After all, there is equipment everywhere that doesn’t necessarily look easy to use. The good news is, Pilates is an extremely professional and client-centered practice. Even if you are concerned about your first class, our instructors know that they can ease your worries and teach you everything you need to know. While we can explain the basic structure of the class and answer your questions, it never hurts to be prepared! Today, we are going to share the basics of what to expect at your first class.

What to Bring and Wear

Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring much! Call ahead to see if you need to bring your own mat. However, chances are good that the Pilates studio will have a mat for you to use, especially when you are starting out. We highly recommend bringing a water bottle along as well. Make sure you are plenty hydrated before your first class!

As far as what to wear, just keep it simple. You will not be wearing shoes, so you can keep your fancy footwear at home. Those of you who may be a little shyer may want to wear baggy clothing, but we do advise against this. Form-fitting clothing shows the instructors how your body is aligned, as well as how your muscles are engaging. Also, some Pilates exercises do require your legs to be up in the air or your torso to be inverted, so tighter clothing is less likely to fall down than loose-fitting options.

Make sure that your leggings or tops have no extra adornments, and make sure to remove all jewelry prior to class. Put your hair up, skip the perfume, and wipe your makeup off! You don’t want to smear your makeup all over different surfaces, nor do you want to make your Pilates classmates feel ill with your strongly-scented perfume. Simply being courteous will go a long way!

Basic Etiquette

First, make sure to arrive on time to class. Since this is your first class, you’ll want to arrive a little early to fill out any necessary paperwork and get a tour of the studio. The earlier you are, the longer you will have to ask any necessary questions and get a feel for your surroundings.

Next, meet with your instructor and let him or her know about any injuries or changes you have within your body. For example, if you have had a bad knee all of your life, now is the time to mention it. Any new body pains or strains are important to bring up. Don’t worry, you will still be able to participate! Your instructor will likely just make minor adjustments for you.

Finally, be sure to listen to your body. You are in charge of what you do, and anything that hurts should be stopped immediately. There is a big difference between a tough workout and an injury, so pay attention to the sensations you feel. You can always stop and request a modification of the exercise.

Learn More at Sculpt + Sweat

If you want to know what Pilates is all about, the number one way to find out is to come to class with us! We don’t want you to be afraid of class. Trust us, you can always take your movements down a notch to match your fitness and comfort level. Pilates studios are welcoming and open spaces where we encourage people from all areas of life to try something new. Reward your body with a killer workout and positive atmosphere! Reach out to Sculpt + Sweat Pilates studio in Las Vegas to schedule your first class. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!