Where's my "new body"?
“In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.” That's a quote from Joseph Pilates, and it's on our studio wall as inspiration during your reformer workouts.
But what does it mean? Is it actually true? If you've done Pilates at home or even with me at the studio, do you feel like you have a "new body"? What if you don't?
Here's the thing: Joe is talking about doing these sessions two to three times a week. If you're doing Pilates for a hour or so that often, you'll more than likely find that his statement about the 10/20/30 sessions is accurate. If you're doing it less frequently (or especially if you're inconsistent or sporadic with your practice), you'll likely still have a good workout, but it's less likely you'll have that "completely new body".
Does that mean that if you can't come to class three times a week, there's no point? Not at all! Obviously if you CAN come that often, I'm absolutely going to recommend that you do — especially if you're able to do private classes. The results from a program like that can be fantastic and really noticeable. However, one class a week is still certainly worthwhile. When you fully adopt the Pilates methodology, it's going to affect how you carry yourself in day-to-day life, it will help you be more body aware, and it will certainly strengthen you. The important thing is that you're consistent... Your "new body" might not happen as quickly, but it will happen... if you're consistent.
And if you can take classes more than once a week, why not give it a try? You won't regret it!