Pilates Clothing ~ designed to allow freedom of movement and comfort
Pilates workout clothes for women and men are all about comfortthey stretch when you stretch, lie flat when you're still and don't fall down, off or sideways when you move! The sequences and positions of Pilates make demands on the clothing you wear and you don't want to be focused on your clothes more than your Pilates routine.. Movements performed on the mat can tug at the fabric of pants and tops, and hands or feet up in the air leave your clothes at the mercy of gravity of they are very loose fitting.
Pilates or yoga pants are so comfortable they have become a mainstream item for casual-wear throughout the day!
What are the ideal Pilates clothes?
Body-hugging, but not skin-tight fit in fabrics that breathe and have adequate stretch to allow total freedom of movement. Innovations in the fabrics for sports and workout clothes has made a significant difference in the comfort-level of both men and women when they do their Pilates exercises. Because Pilates is a program requiring focus and concentration, the last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting and re-arranging what you're wearing, nor do you want to constrict the circulation in any part of your body with too-tight clothes.
Fit is very important for Pilates apparel
Don't fall into the trap of wearing big, loose-fitting clothes, thinking they will be the most comfortable. If you're wearing a big t-shirt, you won't be able to see your key abdominal muscles or ribs, and chances are it's going to wind up over your head when you do your Roll Ups! Baggy sweat pants will do not much more than make you sweat as they prevent you from seeing your hip and knee positions. You want your Pilates clothes to be fitted and hug your body comfortably so you can monitor both your muscles and positions carefully. Stay away from 'compression' athletic wear as it is too tight and constricting for the range of movements required in Pilates.
If youve been doing Pilates for even a little while, you are familiar with the Roll Up slide: the downward slip of your tights, leggings or shorts that compounds as you continue your Roll Up repetitions. You also understand that a big T-shirt hinders your ability to see what your abdominals and knees are doing as you move through the exercises. So what do most people wear in their mat classes or during private Pilates sessions? And what outfit best accommodates all that movement? Clothing styles and comfort levels vary depending on age, fitness level and body or studio temperature, but the following guidelines will help you select workout wear that wont work against you as you work out.
Look for Spandex and Lycra in workout clothes
These fabrics are the dream fabrics for yoga and Pilates. They provide the stretch, stability and comfort you need for any level of Pilates workout. Much of the activewear on the market today is made from soft, long-lasting materials that wont pill or fade with repeated washing. 'ClimaCool' or 'ClimaLite,' or similar descriptions indicate the fabric has 'breathing' and/or 'wicking' capabilities to draw moisture (sweat) away from your body and keep you cooler through your workout. This feature is especially important when you're working out in the hot seasons of the year.
For women, many tops have built-in Spandex brasfar more comfortable than having to wear a bra durng your Pilates session.
Go for your own style in Pilates clothes
There are many styles in both tops and pants that are ideal for Pilates, so you do have many options to find styles that you like. For women, tops have long-to-short sleeves, spaghetti straps, cross-over fronts and halter necklinesjust remember to ensure you have complete freedom of movement for your arms and shoulders. Pants range from shorts to capri-length to boot-cut, flare or straight-leg full length. Look for yoga or Pilates capris and pants with roll-tops that can be adjusted high or low for comfort and how the pants respond to movements such as roll-ups and leg-lifts. The waist must be flexible with no draw-strings, elastics, buttons or belts to restrict your movement. Ideally, you want pants that stay in place and do not bunch or slide at allcapris are especially good for matwork.
For men, there are fewer style options, for both tops and pants. Tops are t-shirt styles with long-to-short sleeves or sleeveless tanks. Again, you want a fitted style that is no too loose or baggy, so you can see you body alignment throughout your workout. For Pilates, most men where shorts with a relaxed waistno tight draw-string or elasticor workout pants in lightweight, stretchy fabrics rather than heavier sweat pants. With a good workout, sweat pants will feel heavy, get sticky with perspiration, and slide or bunch with many positions on the mat.
For women and men doing Pilates on equipment such as the Reformer or Cadillac it is especially important to wear fitted workout clothes that do not have any loose, baggy or draping features to get caught in the equipment.
Typically you will perform your Pilates exercises in barefeet on equipment or mat, so shoes are not necessary. Some people have found that wearing a very simple lightweight and flexible shoe improves their ability to maintain their balance in some positions. This is purely an individual choice so it is good to know that appropriate footwear is available if you need it. Look for workout style footwear that features a simple designs, very lightweight material and is completely flexible to allow freedom of movement for your feet and ankles. They should be completely comfortable, ideally you can forget you are wearing them and they must fit wellnot too tight and not at all loose.