What Equipment will you need when beginning Pilates
All you really need is your body, a mat and perhaps something to prop up your head like a head cushion or rolled-up towel. If you struggle to kneel, then a cushion or rolled-up towel can be used. Likewise, if you struggle to sit on the floor, a block or a stool works really well. Check out our kit bag for all your small equipment needs.
There are so many mats on the market but the main things to look out for is the thickness and grip. Yoga mats tend to be thinner so when doing rolling activities on your back, some people can feel the mat doesn’t give enough support. But equally pilates mats can be too thick meaning they are comfy to lie on but when it comes to standing activity, it doesn’t feel stable or have enough grip.
How often should a beginner do a Pilates for beginners workout?
At Men Do Pilates we advise doing our 20-minute workouts 3 times a week. This gives you consistency so you will see results quicker and it’s easy to fit into your busy schedule. Twice a week is also good as you will still get that muscle memory and build awareness. Once a week when you are a beginner to pilates won’t help you progress as quickly and therefore your results will be slower. But once is better than nothing. Our body is built to move and motion is your lotion to keep you strong and supple to fend off aches and injuries.