I have come across this personally with some of my 1:1 Pilates clients and I understand this reluctance totally. I feel that initially these clients can benefit much more from the personal attention they can get in a smaller group. Which is a more supportive teaching environment.
Exercise classes can seem impersonal and generally too big. A person can feel lost in the crowd and never quite sure if they are doing the exercises right. Likewise, with the gym, sometimes the over air-conditioned room can seem quite uninviting and often it is only the twenty minute gym equipment induction given. Then we are on our own with all those machines!
Making the first step:
- Once you have made the decision to start a 1:1 class or join a small group you will have the advantage of the teacher knowing and watching your body whilst you move, i.e being aware of any injuries either past or existing for example and working with you to move safely.
- Progression: As the classes will be focused on just you or just a few people the scope for personal progression is vast.
- Motivation: Your exercise instructor will focus on continuing your training programme at home between sessions and usually provides some support via phone or email if needed.
- Benefits: Some of the many benefits of exercising in a smaller setting are having a greater body awareness and creating a greater ability to focus. The advantage of be able to work and progress at your own pace. The benefit of increased interaction and guidance from the exercise professional you are working with. Finally, having more control over when the exercise session is held.
Working 1:1 builds confidence in your own abilities and more importantly helps you understand - and then build on - your own limitations. Recognising these strengths within yourself comes with time. I often find my clients go back to the gym or find smaller classes to join as well as coming to see me. We work together, step up their personal goals and I provide support and guidance along the way. This is all part of the journey for my clients and I love to see their progress.
If you feel you could benefit from some 1:1 Pilates sessions and need some motivation please call: 01895 200050 to make an appointment.
I look forward to meeting you!