When it comes to seeing fitness results, consistency is the key to success, but how many Studio Pilates classes should you be doing each week?
It’s one of the most common questions we get asked, so we thought who better to answer than our Studio Pilates Global Educator James Mangahas (you may recognise him from the SPTV screens in our studios).
“The ideal amount of classes we recommend per week is different depending on your goals and current activity level. Some people, like athletes, incorporate 1-2 pilates classes a week to supplement their training, while others who might not train outside of the Pilates studio or those who prefer low impact training will do 4-5 classes per week,” James explains.
As a general guide, James recommends the below:
- 1-2 classes per week is ideal if you’re looking to supplement your current training routine but don’t want to give up any of your other sessions. 1-2 classes will give you the benefit of working the muscles strongly but won’t impede performance in sports or the weights room. A lot of elite athletes utilize Pilates once a week for this reason.
- 3-4 classes per week is ideal for someone who wants the strength benefits of Pilates as it will provide your body with enough stimulus for the muscles to get stronger, leading to improvements in posture and fewer general aches and pains. This is ideal for the person who likes the extra variety of another session each week like a boxing class or a few runs/walks.
- 4+ classes per week is best for someone who finds that other forms of training are insufficient for them or they’re unable to do any high impact training, but they love to be strong. 4+ classes will give you plenty of time to build a strong body, but also for you to work on specific weaknesses.