With so many studios to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
If you found your way to this article, It's because you have read all about the amazing benefits to taking a Pilates class and now you are ready to sign up! You start your diligent Google search for Pilates studios in your area but you are wondering how to find "the one" for you. To narrow down your search, I have put together a list of ways to find your perfect Pilates studio.
1. Does your body need extra supervision?
For example, if you are coming back from an injury or getting back into working out after having a baby, I would recommend a studio that has small group classes or one that offers private instruction. There are certain times in your fitness journey that you will require more personalized instruction. So be honest with yourself and get the specialized attention that your body needs.
2. Location, Location, Location
Find a studio close to your home or close to your work. You want the location to be convenient so that you can arrive to class on time and be ready to workout. If you try to make it to a class outside of your living and working area, you might get tired of the drive, the traffic, or another unforeseen circumstance that will get between you and your amazing Pilates lesson.
3. Find class times that fit your schedule
This is the time to be honest with yourself. If you get off of work at 5:15pm and your class starts at 5:30pm, can you really leave work, make it to the studio, find parking, sign in, and be ready for class in that 15min window?! Probably not. You are paying for the time, so make sure you don't cheat yourself by picking the wrong class time for your daily schedule.
4. Know the difference between your fitness level vs. your Pilates level
I have often seen strong bodies skip the beginner level classes at their Pilates studio because they "workout everyday but have not taken a Pilates class." Don't be this person. Like anything new, you have to start at the beginning. This is where your foundation and understanding of the basic principles comes from. Don't skip it. You need the beginner lessons, even if you are a professional athlete. Pilates is a new language for your mind and your body.
5. Stop in and check out the studio before you commit
Once you have narrowed down the studios that meet the above criteria, call and ask if you can stop by and visit the studio. Most studios will allow you to stop in during business hours so you can see the space. If they offer you a tour, even better! Make sure you get a good vibe on your visit. If you don't, visit another studio until you find your pilates tribe!
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