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Seven Things That Happen Before Your First Pilates Class

Pilates has recently started gaining recognition in the sports world—and not just amongst moms. Many can reap benefits from this kind of workout. Clark University has heard the hype and offers Pilates classes periodically. If you’re like me and have never taken a class before, here’s what’s bound to happen before your first class.

1. Google “What is Pilates?”

According to dummies.com, Pilates is “similar to yoga but emphasizes your body’s core.” The medium-intensity workout is low-impact and helps with flexibility. Lots of websites discuss the benefits of Pilates for posture. Developed during World War I, Pilates was actually geared toward rehabilitating soldiers.


2. Freak out.

Can I actually do this? Am I physically capable? What if I break a leg?


3. Realize you’ve worked out before and it’s ok.

You can do it! It’s just intense yoga—if that doesn’t sound scary.


4. Invite your friends to join you.

Motivation to workout is key. Some people like to work out alone, but a friend is a valuable reminder of what needs to be accomplished. They’ll also help you reach your goals.


5. Dress in your workout gear.

You don’t have to look cute. Working out is “me time,” whatever that may mean to you. But I’ve realized that I feel confident while wearing my sports bra, tank top, shorts, and sneakers combo.


6. Fill up a water bottle.

It’s always smart to be hydrated!


7. Walk in to the class and find out it’s canceled.

Better luck next time collegiettes! 

Monica Sager is a freelance writer from Clark University, where she is pursuing a double major in psychology and self-designed journalism with a minor in English. She wants to become an investigative journalist to combat and highlight humanitarian issues. Monica has previously been published in The Pottstown Mercury, The Week UK, Worcester Telegram and Gazette and even The Boston Globe. Read more of Monica’s previous work on her Twitter @MonicaSager3.
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