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Pilates Clothes - What Do I Need?

Back in the day, gym clothes used to be ill fitting garments we all dreaded to put on - some of the sports fashion in recent history has been straight up appalling. However, today's fitness market is abundant in choices when it comes to clothing. So much so that it can get a little confusing - what exactly do you need during a Pilates class? Stepping into the sports department of a store can be stressful unless you know what you're looking for, so let's break it down: What should you look for when buying workout gear for Pilates?

1. Fit. This might seem obvious - of course it should fit well. But let's dig a little deeper - what does fit actually mean? When doing Pilates reformer classes, it's good to wear clothes that are soft and supportive at once. If you wear trousers or tops that are designed to look very lose or oversized, you run the risk of the fabric getting caught in the reformer machine. Also, it's important for the teacher to be able to see your body movement, so anything to large and floppy might make this hard. Comfortable leggings are always a good bet! If you're unsure about your size, get someone at the store to help you - the right size can make a big difference! Sometimes, we like to buy clothes a size smaller in the hopes that we will fit into them soon, but what about...

2. Comfort. In order to get the most out of your practice, choose clothes that make you feel comfortable, confident and strong. Do you want to wear leggings so tight they are see through? Not really, unless you're Sofia Vergara. Is blue your favorite color? Go for it! Do you love working out in shorts? Do it! This is your time to work on your mind and body, so make sure your garments will make you feel your best!But it's not only about what everyone else see's you in, but also about the...

3. Undergarments. Excuse the intimate tone here, but it really is very important to wear underwear that will make your practice easy and comfortable. Stay away from underwear that doesnt stay in place. Wear natural fibers. And of course - it's all about the sports bra! During a class of pilates, you spend a lot of time on your back. Therefore, many people find it uncomfortable to wear sports bras with clasps in the back, since they can 'dig in' to your skin whilst exercising. We recommend a seamless bra with medium support, unless you're doing a cardio pilates class, in which case you'll need high support. During cardio classes, the time is split evenly between floor work and work on the reformer, so the issue with the clasps in the back might be less irritating. Alright, then, so that's the undergarments. How about some....

4. Socks. Whether you use socks or not during class is completely up to you. Some people prefer having special Pilates socks with a bit of rubber underneath for better grip on the reformer and floor. This can certainly help, but it's not a necessity during class. Last but not least...

5. Style. There are SO many amazing labels who make beautiful clothes aimed at fitness. They're so nice, you can actually wear them everyday! Brands like Sweaty Betty, Manuka, Lululemon and Every Second Counts (The latter is pictured above) make clothes that will make you feel like a million bucks. In fact, we love Lululemon and Every Second Counts, you can find it here at the studio!

If you feel inspired, why not come and ask us at reception for more info on what clothes we sell here at Absolute? We have a feeling you might want to change that Christmas wishlist... ;)


Kiwi's at Absolute

What is it about New Zealand and crazy good Pilates instructors? If you've been coming to class recently, you'll have noticed we have a couple of new faces here at the studio, and many of them are from that place on the other side of the world. Kate and Nick are two of our new instructors, and after hanging out with them for a while, I had the feeling that the perception of fitness is quite different over there. I was interested to ask them what they thought about the approach to fitness back home vs. here in the UK.

"Oh, it's totally different! Back home, everyone is so into health and fitness and that industry is just huge there. It's a lifestyle! Because summer is such a big part of life it feels very natural for everyone to be physically active. Everyone will just go to the gm, head to the beach or go play a game of sports together, after work." Kate tells me.

"It's just about making fitness a part of your life, a part of your daily routine. Health and fitness is so important to me, and it's fun to see how people over here are becoming more aware of it too. Like, more conscious about good choices in regards to health and fitness." Nick explains.  "It's just so important for feeling food!"

"Yes" Kate elaborates. "This whole raw food and organic eating is almost like a 'trend' thing overe here, like, 'it's cool to be vegan'. But back home, everyone really is into healthy eating and it's not a very big deal - it's just how it is!"

I've noticed that Kate frequently has a snack with her to work, and it's often of the chocolatey kind.

"I'm a firm believer in salads. Salads and chocolate!" She laughs. "I just love chocolate! But I always make these treats myself, using only organic super foods such as raw cacao, coconut oil and chia seeds, so they're actually healthy." Well, I don't know about you, but we're all about the guilt free snacking - bring it on!

Nick and Kate will both be teaching lot's of classes here this fall and winter, so be sure to check the schedule to come in and try one if you haven't already/. Their classes are so much fun and always varied, getting you that varied Pilates workout we all love so much. Your heart rate will be pumping to the sing-songy sound of their Kiwi accents, guiding you through an awesome class of Absolute Pilates. See you soon!