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What to Wear to Pilates Class

What to Wear to Pilates Class

Pilates is an extremely popular form of exercise. If you have previously taken a Pilates class, you already know just how challenging and rewarding it can be. But if you are getting ready for your first class, you may be unsure what to wear. Here’s a quick guide on what to wear to Pilates class to help you feel comfortable and look great!

Some Basic Points

This is a fitness activity, of course, so you know right off the bat that activewear will be the focus of your outfit. But what kinds of pieces are best for Pilates? To help you decide what to wear, keep the following points in mind:

  • Likely to be inside. Most likely, the Pilates class you will be attending is going to be held inside. If that’s the case, you can forget about needing to keep yourself warm or dry out in the elements. The studio should be climate controlled and comfortable, meaning you can wear the best clothes for the activity without regard for weather.
  • In the presence of others. It’s smart to think about the fact that you will likely be taking this class with a number of others—usually from 10 to 15 other people, or more. With that in mind, you’ll want to wear clothes that you will be comfortable wearing while others are around. You don’t want to be feeling self-conscious about your outfit while you should be focusing on the class and getting the most out of the exercises.
  • Ease your way in. If you are just getting started and trying Pilates for the first time, don’t feel like you need to rush out and spend a lot of money on apparel before you even know if you will like the class. Most likely, you’ll have something around the house that will work just fine for your first class, and you can always spend money later on for better gear if you pick this up as an ongoing hobby.

You don’t want to overcomplicate things when trying to decide what to wear to Pilates. This is supposed to be an enjoyable activity. Stressing about your clothing is not going to contribute to a positive experience. Keep the tips above in mind and you’ll be on the right track.

The Right Pieces

If you look around at others in your Pilates class, you will likely notice that most, if not all of the people are wearing form-fitting clothing. Yoga leggings, tank tops, running shirts, and other activewear pieces are very popular. Men may want to consider, running shorts, yoga pants, or lightweight tights.

This is for a good reason. As you move your body in and out of various positions during class, you don’t want loose clothing to get in the way. With form-fitting pieces that hug your skin, you can do your best to follow the directions of the instructor without getting tangled up in loose pant legs or baggy shirt sleeves.

And while some people feel a little self-conscious in form fitting clothing, remember that loose clothing can often reveal more than you’d like, or get in the way of the equipment that’s sometimes used in Pilates classes.

In addition to your own personal comfort, form-fitting clothing can help your instructor to better identify your movements and offer suggestions for improvement. If they can see how you are engaging your muscles and limbs, they can help you to optimize your form for the best results.

The Right Materials

As you look for the best pieces to wear to Pilates, you should also be sure to check the materials that they are made with. While form-fitting clothing is ideal, it should not be made with restrictive materials. You need a full range of motion in class, so look for items made with flexible synthetics like nylon and lycra. Synthetic materials can also help with sweat and moisture to help ensure you stay comfortable throughout the class.

Consider A Sports Bra

While Pilates might not involve the same kind of impact as something like running, women will likely be most comfortable in a sports bra as opposed to a standard, “everyday” bra. Sports bras are designed for activity, so they tend to be much more comfortable during Pilates or any other kind of exercise class.

Since most sports bras are made from synthetic materials just like the rest of the activewear you’ll be wearing to class, you should be able to wash them right along with the rest of your workout gear when finished.

Keep Your Pilates Outfits Fresh

Don’t let something small like not knowing what to wear hold you back from signing up for a Pilates class. Of course, once you’ve picked out the perfect outfits, you’ll want to keep them fresh and ready for the next class.

The trouble is that synthetic materials in activewear need to be handled differently than cotton. If you use a regular detergent for your activewear, you may find that the body odor lingers—even after washing. This happens because most detergents are made to treat cotton, and don’t target the buildup of oils and bacteria in synthetics.

But don’t worry. You don’t have to do anything crazy to keep your activewear fresh. Simply use a dedicated sports detergent, like WIN Sports Detergent to remove the odor and help preserve the quality of your favorite Pilates pieces! WIN is specifically formulated to handle the synthetic fibers that are almost certainly used in your activewear. Order a bottle today, and good luck with your Pilates adventures!