- Know what you need to be working on and have a good idea of the exercises that are helping you reach your goals.
- Be familiar with solid basics and fundamentals for breathing, posture, and body alignment and know what exercises are safe and how to modify or adapt if needed.
- Be confident to workout and do Pilates on your own (at least some of the time!)
Every student wants an answer to their Pilates training questions, and this curious question was asked by a client of mine recently. "How advanced should I be after one year of Pilates training?" I love Pilates training questions! The answer to this one hinges on many factors: 1. What your health status was when you started? Are you 100% healthy with no injuries, chronic aches and pains, or medical limitations? 2. How many days a week are you doing Pilates either privately, or in a group, and working with a well-qualified Pilates teacher? 3. How much you are working on your own in addition to participating in lessons and classes? Are you able to take what you're learning about your body and how to improve posture, breathing, and functional movement, and take it out the door with you to practice and apply throughout the day, at work, at home, while you walk, play sports, etc... Is putting your Pilates principles to work making your life easier and you're discovering ways to apply what you know with everything you do? I don't believe Pilates students should be in a race to get to an “Advanced” level, but instead should focus more on doing what is safe and appropriate for your body, and doing it well to best meet your current health status and wellness goals. Just because you're healthy, doesn't mean it's wise to gloss over the basics and dive right into more "challenging" exercises. Learning fundamentals and focusing on form and proper firing patterns with the beginner Pilates exercises lays the foundation for balanced muscle development and ultimately better whole-body health. I believe that with a year of training you should: