What Is Pilates? Pilates workouts are movements that are meant to increase your flexibility, stability, flexibility, and overall fitness. These movements also help with stability and even train your muscles to work together, which leads to improved efficiency of your exercises and overall improved strength. Pilates classes tend to have a focus on “the core” muscles. And, while you may think that just means your ab muscles, pilates workouts actually are great for working and strengthening your glutes, lower back, hips, and pelvic floor muscles. And, similar to yoga, pilates involves a series of poses and movements that are done slowly and precisely, while paying close attention to your breath. While Pilates workouts might seem intimidating, they’re actually great choices for beginners. These classes are low impact and involve a combination of bodyweight exercises. Since Pilates doesn’t involve a lot of fast-moving cardio exercises (like burpees, jump ropes, etc.) or heavyweights, we think this type of class is great for beginners. What Should You Expect for Your First Pilates Class? To help you feel more comfortable about your first Pilates class, here are some additional details and tips! First, it might be a good idea to let the instructor know that it’s your first class. That way, they’ll know to watch out during the class and add any additional tips or adjustments for you throughout the class to help. At SunstoneFIT, all of our experienced instructors are here to help guide you through the movements and make sure you’re moving safely and confidently during each exercise! When you get to the class, grab a good spot in the room, and set up your mat. You generally will not need any props like workout straps, rings, balls, or even yoga blocks. Make sure to bring water, and dress comfortably so you can move freely without restriction. For example, you don’t want your clothing to be so loose that it gets in the way of the movements or moves around during your poses, but you also don’t want it to be so tight that you’re uncomfortable. If you’ve been considering trying a Pilates class, now’s the time! At SunstoneFIT, we have plenty of locations around the greater Dallas area, including locations in Southlake, Plano, Las Colinas, McKinney, and Flower Mound, Texas. Find a Pilates studio near you today!