4 Reasons Why You Should Try Pilates With a Friend
No matter where you are in your Pilates journey, we know sometimes there are barriers to coming to class regularly.
If you’re just starting out, it can sometimes feel intimidating to show up on your own and work through movements that might be quite new to you.
For those who have been practicing for a while, you might experience a dip in motivation and it can be easier to just stay in bed rather than getting up and making it to that morning class.
One way to tackle these barriers head on – invite a friend to take up Pilates! Here are a few reasons why we think you’ll enjoy having a partner to come to class with.
1. They keep you accountable
It’s easy to break a promise to yourself – no one will know, right? – but it’s a lot harder to back out on a commitment you’ve made to your friend.
Making plans to take a regular class with friends can give you that extra motivation you need to show up (even on days when you’re feeling too tired or busy to work on your fitness).
We’ve never had a client regret a class with us, so making plans with a friend might be that little push you need to get down to a class and achieve your goals.
2. You’re more likely to push yourself
When we feel like no one’s watching us, we’re more likely to stay within our comfort zone (and maybe skip those extra reps towards the end of a class).
Having a friend by your side encourages you to put in your best – after all, you have someone sharing the experience (and the achievements) at every step of the way.
If you’re really struggling with a movement or holding a position, you’ve also got someone on hand to help instead of suffering in silence!
You might even set fitness goals together, like finally taking that step to try the harder spring option or attending a more challenging class.
3. It’s a great way to socialise
If you and your friends struggle to find a common Saturday to catch up, committing to Pilates together can be a great way to see each other more regularly.
With class times spanning from early morning before work, to afternoons, to evenings and weekends, it’s easy to find a timeslot that fits in around both of your commitments.
You can always go for coffee after class – Fergus Cafe is just a few doors down and is usually opening up right around the time our first class of the day wraps up!
Even if you can’t always come to the same class, they’ll be the first person you text when you make progress towards your goals.
4. It makes your practice more fun!
While exercising releases endorphins – the hormones that make us feel happy – exercising with a friend can make you feel great for other reasons!
Studies have proven that people who work out with friends enjoy exercising more than if they’d gone to a class solo. You’ll find yourself looking forward to every class, not just for the fitness benefits but also for the chance to see your friend and the sense of achievement you’ll come to share.
If you’ve got a friend who you think would enjoy Pilates, send them our timetable and find a class that suits you both.