Set your Own Goals When Doing Pilates

by Heather Burgoyne, Owner, Soar Pilates

A question we receive almost every day: “How often should I do Pilates?”

I know everyone has a life outside the studio, and we are all carrying our own weight. So, for me personally, to set a number of sessions per week I could be blocking or discouraging someone from their goal, and I could never do that.

I respond to my clients or potential clients with a question back: “Well … why are you here doing Pilates?”

They want to play with their kids or grandkids. They want to run a marathon, go skiing, hiking or mountain bike racing. They want to wake up and not feel stiffness in their joints or have to awkwardly roll out of bed just to get their feet to the floor.

They want to go through a work day and not be bound up with stress and tension in their neck, shoulders or low back. They are recovering from an injury and want to become stronger than they were before to prevent future injuries. They want to lose weight and begin a journey to a healthier lifestyle.

They want to do something for themselves. They need a mental release.

To summarize, they want to move through life with ease, grace, strength and confidence.

With this knowledge, I now know the goal. It is my job to assist them in the final outcome with measurable steps along the way.

I am here to support my client in their journey and give them some tools and confidence that they will be able to achieve their goal, be it they come to Pilates one time a week or seven times a week.

I am confident that with their commitment and consistency we will see measurable progress and with that progress, they will have the drive to better themselves as they see fit for their individual goals.

I can say that by doing Pilates, you will feel a difference in your body instantly. You will feel your body wake up and muscles you may not have known existed.

I am not sure if that answered the question, but let’s just go with what Joseph Pilates probably said best himself: “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.”