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What Will I Learn in My First Pilates Class?

January 15, 2015

What will i learn picThis is a question we get asked a lot actually.  My answer is always the same: don’t expect to get a really challenging workout in your first few sessions. If your asking yourself, “What if I have never done Pilates before?” Not to worry, your first class is all about learning the basics and how to set up and safely use your reformer.

The most important thing you will learn in your first Pilates class is how to breathe properly.  In Pilates we like to breathe in to the back of the ribcage.  We think of expanding the ribs three dimensionally and using the breath to stretch the ribs away from one another.  This allows the breath to go lower into the body, the diaphragm to release and also works to keep the tension out of the neck and shoulders.

This way of breathing also helps you to activate your core muscles more effectively.  There are four different layers of abdominals, the deepest of which is the Transversus (or the T.A as we may refer to it in class).  Its fibres run sideways around your mid section and when it contacts it acts like a corset of strength, pulling everything inward gently.  In your first class your will also learning how to breathe in while keeping your abdominals engaged at the same time.  This helps your T.A become involved in the process.  Very important.

You will then move on to the reformer.  A large, pretty fantastic piece of spring resistance equipment that you may or may not have heard about.  Don’t let it intimidate you!  You’ll love it I promise!  We take things step by step.  In your first  class you learn how to customize the machine to your height and leg length by adjusting what we call the “stopper” and “gear bar” in to a place that is right for you.  You will take the time to try the machine in a few different ways to get acquainted with it.  You may try some leg work lying on your back pushing off the foot bar. You may put the straps in your hands and work your arms!  Nothing to crazy but it will feel great.

Before you know it your hour will be over and you will be ready to learn more.

Make sure you visit our online schedule to see when our next GroundWork class (our intro class option) is being held and please join us!

Eden HauglandEden Haugland

Eden has trained both as a Pilates Instructor and a Professional Dancer. She began her career as a dancer in Orillia, Ontario; where she was born and raised. After attaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University she went on to study and certify with STOTT PILATES®. Because of Eden’s background in dance she has had a long standing fascination with the biomechanics of the body. Since her early days at the Ryerson University Dance Program, she has long been on a quest to identify true sources of muscle pain and imbalance. Having endured a back injury while dancing, she began, and continues, to use her own body as a reference point for study. Eden has over 14 years of teaching experience and is the driving force behind the creation and development of the innovative programs and classes offered at the studio; namely POSTURE ACADEMY™, the studio’s highly publicized and successful ‘posture bootcamp’ Power Pack Option. She continues to develop and hone “The MI Method” which is used during one on one sessions within the studio. She is passionate about training in many complementary facets and consistently works to enhance her depth of knowledge and teaching style.