As one of Melbourne’s largest and well-known Pilates centres, get a lot of questions at Kaya Health Club, but one of the most common questions we get is – “how many times a week should I practice Pilates?”
Justifiably, there is no right or wrong answer to this, as it really depends on what kind of results you would like to see, as well as what kind of schedule works with your lifestyle.
While we believe that it is important to be active every day – even if it is just a brisk walk – we also understand that not everyone can make it to the gym on a daily basis.
So, with this in mind, what’s the ideal amount of Pilates’ classes you should practice per week to receive results?
Generally speaking, like most fitness workouts’, performing a minimum of three classes per week is a good guideline to stick by. However, this should be your minimum.
While three classes of Pilates per week will certainly improve your flexibility, increase your muscle strength, and boost your mental health, it is not enough to get the maximum benefits.
To get the most you can out of your Pilates practice, we recommend practicing four-five classes per week, as this will help your body reach its fullest potential. Incorporating this more intensive style of practice into your lifestyle, will give you noticeable muscle definition, correct wrong postures, restore physical vitality, invigorate the mind and unmistakably elevate your overall wellbeing, in more ways than one.
With this being said, your workout schedule is personal to you, and so it needs to support and enhance your lifestyle. Basically, you need to be enjoying it, in order to want to stick to it.
Too often, we hear stories of people making drastic changes in their lifestyle, vowing to stick to a strict exercise plan, committing to five classes a week and losing drive when they discover that such sweeping changes aren’t always easy to sustain. Once the momentum has been lost, they then swing back in the opposite direction, creating a wellness metronome that switches between such intense extremities.
At Kaya Health Club, we believe that balance is the ultimate goal.
If you want to see permanent change, you have to develop sustainable habits so you’re less likely to lose steam along the way. So, if committing to four – five Pilates’ classes per week is feeling too hard to sustain, then try cutting it down to two or three classes and taking it from there. Remember that anything is better than nothing, keeping in mind that twice a week is probably the least you can do in order to maintain your level.
For those of you who have well and truly fallen in love with Pilates, it’s perfectly fine to practice every day. Just ensure you are listening to your body, giving yourself adequate rest in between and varying the intensity and focus of your workouts. Your body needs time to restore in between each class, and remember – balance is the ultimate goal.