how often should I do Pilates?

twice a week can achieve good results

Being consistent in your Pilates practice can help you achieve  good results. Generally once a week is good to get you started, as you get more confident I would say twice a week or three times a week can help you achieve results quicker.
The World Health Organisation recommends that all adults should do weekly muscle strengthening exercises that involve all major muscle groups.
  • For adults under the age of 65: the recommendation is for these exercises to be on 2 or more days a week
  • For adults aged 65 and over: the recommendation is to do functional balance and strength training at a moderate or greater intensity on 3 or more days a week
Our Pilates classes include muscle strengthening involving all major muscle groups, and our Fit For Life classes additionally include functional balance training. 
Link: WHO paper on exercise 5 Oct 2022

Consistency is key

Whatever the reason that got you started in Pilates, or whatever your fitness level is at when you start, consistency is key. Improvements will take place with consistency. It is important to allow time for your body to recover in between your sessions to enable the body to make adaptations.

Progression with time

Learning Pilates is a progressive practice. It is likely that your Pilates workouts will involve you learning to move differently. This is particularly so if there is imbalance in your body from repeated movement patterns that work one side of your body more than the other in sports, or your job, or following injury, pain or a medical condition.

How soon will I get results?

You should start feeling results from regular Pilates practice in as little as 3 weeks. You are likely to feel more energised, calmer and alert after your first few sessions, and you are likely to feel stronger, more flexible, and balanced after 6 weeks.

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