Pilates classes or Personal Training?
Are Pilates classes or Personal Training sessions best for you?
The most important issue to consider here is your budget and your time.
While personal training (one-on-one) can be expensive, each workout is tailored for your own needs, you can train on your own schedule without having to rely on when classes are offered and you can use all the equipment in the house. However, it is important to consider that not everyone can afford to pay for this type of training. Therefore, group classes are a great alternative to one-on-one sessions
Consider this before you decide:
- Pilates group classes on equipment use only the Pilates reformer, whereas during personal training sessions you get to use all the equipment (the Reformer, Chair, Tower, Mat, barrels), but group classes are always fun, as you get to see others perform and you get to find out what level you are in, in comparison to others.
- Choose smaller Pilates reformer group classes. Large group classes can be challenging for the instructor to keep up with everyone and as a class participants you may end up not getting the attention needed. Also, you may be doing an exercise wrong and the instructor may be busy with other participants and may not get to you on time for a correction.
- One-on-one sessions can be expensive, but worth the money if you find the right instructor. Also, you can train on your own time and customise your training schedule.
- Get faster progressions and exercises tailored made for you with personal training sessions. If you need to work on something in particular, one-on-one sessions might be better for you.
- Special needs can be better addressed on one-on-one sessions.
Get More for your Money
- If you are new to Pilates and have never stepped on a Pilates reformer, you might want to consider a one-on-one session before you join a class. We definitely recommend this. You will get much more from your first class, as you will learn how to use the equipment and learn the technique in our classes. We teach you the basic principles which are used in our classical repertoire classes in all levels. This way when you go to your first class you are prepared and will get a lot more for your money.
- Book the right level class for you. Avoid jumping into an advanced class if you have never done that type of training. This applies to Pilates classes too. Learn the proper technique correctly. Pilates, like many disciplines require time to master the technique, learn the repertoire and perform it correctly. No matter how fit and sporty you are. Pilates exercise is unique. Many new people book into an intermediate class even when they have never been on a reformer before. The problem with this is that they often don’t get the workout at all, they don’t understand that being unable to keep up with the choreography and technique means not getting a workout. It takes time to learn Karate, Tango, Ballet, Yoga and likewise Pilates.
- Show up on time for your session. Arriving to a class 15 minutes late means that you miss the warm up and possibly the initial exercises. In a group class this is disrespectful to the other participants and instructor. Show up on time in mind and body and you will progress swiftly.
Now, if at the end of the day you are not able to buy personal training sessions, definitely book into small group classes and every so often book a one-on-one session to assess your performance and address any issues you may have.
Book small Pilates reformer group classes on our website or download our app.