1. Information overload
Your first class usually begins with a run-through of the Reformer machine– ‘foot bar’, the ‘box’, the ‘carriage’, the different colours of springs, the straps…everything’s new to you.
Then comes how do I lay down? Where do I put my feet? And that’s before the first exercise!
Once the class starts, there’s even more unfamiliar terms – ‘keeping your pelvis and spine neutral’, ‘breathe into the backs and sides of your lungs’, ’legs at tabletop’…the list goes on.
And then there’s where you should be feeling it and which muscles should be working – ‘bend at the elbows to activate your triceps’ (where are they?), ‘push from all corners of your feet – even distribution of force’ (how?).
At least with so much to keep in mind, there’s little room for you to think about anything else.
But what to do about the information overload? Take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a Pilates practice.