The results you see and feel in Pilates seem small but have lasting effects! Your mindset for your body and abilities improves, movements are easier and without pain, and you begin a lifelong practice. Private sessions, online and in person, will help you achieve your individual results. The results of Pilates change you, inside and out, which makes it a mind and body exercise.
How do you get results with Pilates? When will you see results? It’s easy to focus on the end result rather than the journey. You might get caught up in finishing something rather than taking the time to appreciate each step. When I used to run half marathons I would do a training program and be focused on my final goal: running the half marathon or running it faster than before. Then one day I saw a quote that the race is the victory lap. Each time I practiced running I was one lap closer to the victory lap.
Pilates is different. It is truly about the journey more so than the end result. Pilates is for life. It’s not something to master and continue doing. Those who love it do it until they die!
First ask yourself if you prefer a private session or a class. You can read more about the differences here. If you want to know that you are doing the exercises correctly, take a private session. When you have been practicing on your own and feel more confident in the exercises, take a class! Private sessions give you a workout designed specifically for your body, no matter the level, shape, or size!
So the results you see and feel in Pilates are different from other sports. One way to see the results is in your mindset. I discuss the focus you need during Pilates in this blog post. There are so many changes you’ll discover in your mind! Just being able to let go of negative thoughts or ones that say you can’t do an exercise is a HUGE reward! It’s an internal feeling that is seen outward in your daily life and your friends and family will notice.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort when starting Pilates and notice how much less pain you have day to day, that is another result of Pilates. Movement is medicine and we’re meant to move without pain. In this blog post I talk more about how moving more keeps you active. When you take the time to exercise everyday you’ll desire it more. It takes practice at first, maybe that means 10 minutes per day to walk, and then you’ll progress from there!
In order to see these results begin to happen, make sure you are taking time for yourself to practice Pilates. The more you practice the better you understand your body doing Pilates. As I mentioned earlier, these exercises are for LIFE. They are here to stay and many people have practiced them for life. Honestly, once you start Pilates it won’t be a question of when will I stop? If you do take a break you’ll find yourself asking why did I stop?
Knowing what time of day you prefer to work out is very important! I know I’m not a morning person, I grumble and hit snooze sometimes, but getting up to walk and workout in the morning is my best time to do it. If you work 9-5 you might feel tired after work and that may not be the best option for you. Set the time in your day for your workout and remember it’s time for YOU. I know it might seem selfish but you are truly your best version when health is made a priority.
Take the time to look at your environment. Do you have enough space to practice Pilates at home? Can you make room for it? Read this blog post to learn how to create a home workout space that’s right for you. If the space doesn’t invite you to workout, it will be very hard to remain committed. In the words of Marie Kondo, does it bring you joy? Does it make you hop out of bed and get excited?
Are you struggling to see the results of Pilates? Comment below saying you want help! You can also schedule a private session today, 30 minutes or 60 minutes, and I’ll address your needs directly!