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How many times a week should I do Pilates?

The frequency of Pilates practice depends on various factors including individual fitness goals, fitness level, overall health, finances and other forms of exercise being performed. Generally, doing Pilates 2-3 times a week is recommended for most individuals to see noticeable improvements in strength, flexibility, and overall body conditioning and health. However, some people may benefit from doing Pilates more frequently, while others might find that fewer sessions yield satisfactory results.

I'm a huge avocet of practising at home between sessions even you feel you are doing it all wrong. Clients mention that they've tried to practise but think they are doing it wrong or that they've completely forgotten what to do altogether. My advice is to write down 3-4 exercises after your class, two that you enjoyed doing and two that you felt needed a little more work. It won't take long to do and you can even draw a stick person doing the movement if it helps. Practise these exercises as much as possible between sessions and you'll soon have a list of exercises that you can practise at home.

Reformer Pilates or Mat Pilates?

It all depends on your preference and goals. If you prefer variety and enjoy using equipment for resistance, Reformer Pilates might be the better option for you. Reformer Pilates is going to give them more support from a closed chain environment where resistance can help them find better control of movement.

If you're looking for a more accessible and convenient form of Pilates that can be done at home or in group classes without equipment. Matwork Pilates offers huge variety of movement using small props and more freedom to explore range. Consider your fitness goals, Reformer Pilates may be more effective for building strength and muscle tone, while Mat Pilates is great for core strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

Ultimately, both Reformer and Mat Pilates offer numerous benefits for improving strength, flexibility, posture, and overall fitness. It's worth trying both to see which one you enjoy and find most effective for achieving your goals.

It's essential to listen to your body and consult with a qualified Pilates instructor or health professional to determine the most suitable frequency for your needs and goals.

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