How often should you practice Pilates?
Updated: May 25
Pilates works so well to tone your body, relieve back pain and make you feel light, taller and energized? When it comes to getting really great results from Pilates, consistency is the key.
Joseph Pilates is quoting in 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". If you are consistent with your Pilates/Barre routine and make a commitment to yourself, you will notice a positive change in your body.
Pilates improves your posture and the way you move and feel because each exercise is initiated from your core. When we strengthen and stabilize the core, we can safely move out from the center to increase the flexibility of our spine, strengthen our muscles, and improve the range of motion in our joints. A gradual increase in difficulty of the exercises allows your body to adapt to new challenges, and improves efficiency in movement.
When you are new, Pilates will help you:
Feel your underutilized muscles right away
Work your entire body out in every session
Meet you where you are in your fitness level
Help your posture, coordination and flexibility
When you’ve been coming regularly, you continue to feel the same thing as before and:
Notice that your stamina, coordination and strength increase
Your posture will improve and not require your attention as much
Increased metabolism and muscularity
Your practice will continue to you challenge you
So how often should you practice Pilates?
Since Pilates is a flow of exercises and not like a typical strengthening routine that focuses on specific muscle groups it can actually be done up to every day as long as you vary the routine slightly.
In my experience and what I find to be a perfectly balanced workout plan includes 2-3 EquipMEnt sessions per week and 3-4 Pilates Mat or Barre sessions per week.
What you need to get your desired results depends on...
Are you doing other types of exercises?
Are you trying to lose weight?
Are you hoping to relieve back pain?
Are you hoping to cross train with other sports?
I believe you should exercise in some form 5-6 days per week and twice per week Pilates sessions is the very minimum to expect results. If you would like more advice specific to your body and what you expect in results I am happy to help!
To gain benefits you must be consistent and regular with your practice to truly get the results.