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Wear comfortable but not too loose fitting workout clothes, that do not ride up or fall down. You will spend a lot of time with your legs up in the air or your body bent forward. Constantly tugging down a shirt or pulling up your pants will annoy and distract you. Guys, who wear shorts for Pilates, usually wear bicycle shorts or long boxer briefs under them.

Otherwise your instructor might get to see more than he or she bargained for.

Here is what I wish I had known that very first day:

Women usually wear workout leggings with a higher rise. Very loose clothes can get caught in the springs and other parts of the equipment and can be dangerous. The same goes for long hair. I have gotten my hair caught in the equipment and it hurts! You do not wear shoes for Pilates. I often practice with bare feet, but some studios require socks. Find out, if you will need socks and invest in some grippy ones, that will prevent slipping.

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Shashi and Crescent Moon both make great sticky socks. Slipping on the equipment can be distracting as well as dangerous. Each movement will strengthen you, while also increasing your flexibility. Your instructor will ask you among other things, about your injuries, medical conditions, previous exercise history and your current goals.

Make sure you speak up!

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Most Pilates instructors are very good at reading bodies, but we are not mind-readers. If something hurts, is uncomfortable or you do not feel it working, speak up. Pilates lessons are a collaborative effort between the instructor and the client. Make sure that you are well hydrated. It helps to drink about 20 oz of water an hour before your lesson.

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You might not have a lot of time during the lesson to drink. I was parched during my first class, but did not get a water break my first teacher was like a drill sergeant. Also make sure that you are not famished. Low blood sugar, combined with the constant position changes in Pilates can cause dizziness or nausea. A snack containing protein and carbohydrates eg an apple with Peanut Butter before class will help, if you are hungry.

However, do not eat a big meal before Pilates. You will spend time lying on your stomach and on your back.

If your stomach is too full, you will be uncomfortable. I got enough out of my first lesson to know that Pilates was worth pursuing further. To say that I loved it right away however, would be a lie. The more I practiced Pilates, the more I understood the method and the more it benefitted my body.

Oprah said that there is much more of a learning curve to Pilates than other forms of exercise, but if you hang in there and are patient, the rewards can be life-changing. The video also includes a brief history of Joseph Pilates and the underlying essential principles of Pilates.

Filmed from various camera angles and narrated by a Pilates instructor with over 20 years of experience.

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