Every week we get asked this question at least once, it’s a popular and a great question!
Now, if I was all about the money 🤑🤑🤑 then I would be telling you to do Pilates every day, every damn day, and to only do Pilates with an instructor and never at home alone.
But I’m not, and as much as I would love to see your face in my classes every day, ain't no-body got $$$ 💰💰 for that! And, you can absolutely do Pilates at home on your own without an instructor!
So here’s the deal on how many times a week you should do Pilates and how you can add in some extra sessions to your schedule.
What Did Joseph Pilates Recommend?
Joe was renowned for saying “In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body". he also followed this by recommending you do Pilates 3-4 times a week.
When Joseph created Pilates he also published a book “Return to Life” and in this were photos and instructions of how to do each of the mat exercises with the intention that you do these exercises at home. He was all about enabling people to do Pilates on their own at home because he knew that if you did it regularly you would most certainly notice the difference.
What Does Current Evidence Suggest?
The Australian Government Department of Health currently recommends that adults do muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. (you can see the guidelines here) Sooo, Joe was pretty close to the current evidence!
What do We Recommend?
We are big believers that everyone has to start somewhere and that what works for one person won't necessarily work for the next. So we usually say, if you are doing a Class once a week, then you are off to a great start and better off than you would be if you were doing nothing at all.
Our clients who attend regular classes two-three times a week, definitely comment on the significant changes they see in their bodies, like strength and flexibility and the ways that Pilates is making a difference to their everyday lives, physically and mentally. They also see a greater improvement in their Pilates ability over a shorter period of time, in comparison to those who attend once a week.
How Can I add in Extra Sessions To My Schedule without Breaking the Bank?
We understand that each person is different; we all have different goals, different incomes, different commitments and different things going on in our lives. So suggesting to each person that they attend Pilates classes 2-3 times is not always realistic.
So if you find you are struggling to get to more than one class a week but would like to see more improvements in your technique, strength and mobility here are our suggestions;
Get yourself a $10 mat from somewhere like Kmart, or clear a patch of carpet so you can do your own additional Pilates Practice at home once or twice a week
Aim for a 30 minute session or two 15 minute sessions twice a week
Be consistent with your practice each week - schedule it into your diary and commit to it like you would when you book a class at the studio
Rather than changing the exercises completely each time you work out, keep some of them the same so that you can see improvements in your body
What exercises can I add into my daily practice?
Use our March Matness videos on Instagram to help get you started - pick the first 5 or 6 exercises and use these as your self-practice.
There are variations on most of the posts, so if you find that an exercise is too difficult for you at the beginning, use the variation to slowly build it up!
If you are after a set home Pilates workout that you can follow along with, try out my friend Lesley’s online Pilates classes
For just $5 USD a week you get access to a 30 minute Mat Pilates Workout that you can do as many times as you like for that week. Then the following week a new workout is released. Sooo convenient and sooo cheap!!!!
Why Workout At Home Too?
The best part about working out at home is that you can do it at any time that suits you. It is also a fantastic accompaniment to your regular in-studio Pilates class each week.
Working out at home allows you to get in that second or third session that you haven’t been able to factor into your budget or your schedule and trust us - it will make you feel great - physically and mentally.
But if you’re worried that your technique on a particular exercise in your home routine isn't quite right or up to scratch - pop into class 5 mins early and check with your instructor! We would be so happy to help you and would love to hear all about your home practice and how it is working for you.
Alternatively, if you think that you are able to work that second or even third class into your life - let us know and we can help you find an extra class! Or you can click here and check out our timetable.
We would love to know what exercises you end up choosing for your Home Practice.
If you need some help staying accountable then let us know and we can make sure you are getting your sessions done!