We get asked this all the time. There are many different variables and many different answers.
In his book, “Return to Life through Contrology,” Pilates writes, “If you will faithfully perform your Contrology [Pilates] exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement.”
Joe Pilates also said “at least 10 minutes a day.” What I take from that is we should be doing some type of mindful movement (Pilates, yoga, etc.) at least 10 minutes a day. And, as our bodies were not designed to sit for long periods of time (especially at a desk), we should move as much as possible. At least get up and walk around a bit every hour if you sit a lot!
Our basic guidelines for frequency of your Pilates workouts:
If you are new to Pilates and have never done it before? – Just getting started is all we can ask! Once a week is one more time than you were doing last week, and that is AWESOME! Pilates is considered a “practice,” however, so you will want to “up” the frequency of your workouts once you get more comfortable with it to get the most our of your workouts!
If you are that client who really likes to mix up their workouts, from running, to yoga to pilates to weight training, then one or two Pilates workouts a week is a nice supplement to your other workouts.
Now, if your only workout is Pilates, and you want to get the absolute most out of your workouts and your body, we recommend 2 – 4 times a week. Obviously, if you do 4 times a week, you will see a bigger difference in your body faster than if you do just twice a week. The key to great results is commitment!
As mentioned earlier, Pilates is a practice. It takes time to get to that point where you say “Aha! – I get it now!” And, honestly, the “Aha” moments are ongoing – the longer you do Pilates, the more of those moments you have -- days, weeks, even years later.
Also to be noted, if you are doing multiple Pilates workouts a week, be sure to mix it up! Do Reformer one day, Tower the next, and then mix is a mat or chair workout here and there! Joe Pilates absolutely designed his system to be mixed and matched depending on what your needs are!