1. Start by finding a great Pilates teacher at a well-respected Pilates studio. The right teacher will be able to guide you gently through the basic principles and help you determine what your individual needs are.
2. Be patient and realistic. Don’t expect an overnight transformation—Pilates results are achieved through a regular, consistent practice. While you may have the goal of attaining a backside like Pippa Middleton’s since she’s an avid Pilates practitioner, you have to start at the level you’re at and work slowly towards your vision. Stay positive but be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses so you can avoid injury and focus on areas that need improvement.
3. Don’t push too hard. Pilates is not about pushing yourself until you feel pain and strain. Listen to the messages your body gives you and let your instructor know if you feel too uncomfortable during a particular movement.
4. Don’t rush through your Pilates classes. Take the time to slow down and get very centered in your movement. Pilates should be done in with seamless, flowing transitions. The slow pace actually makes the workout more challenging, which will lead to better Pilates results.
5. Tailor your workout. Work with the instructor at your Pilates studio to find exercises that help rehabilitate problem areas while correcting your posture and alignment. In Pilates, you learn ways to prevent injury and heal issues caused in physical activities and daily life, such as the common ailments caused by sitting at a desk for a major part of the work day.