is it normal for your hips and ribs to hurt after taking a pilates class?

Question by blaah: is it normal for your hips and ribs to hurt after taking a pilates class?
I took a pilates class for the first time on Tuesday..the day after my hips were hurting real badly.. So I took Wednesday off..

Today my hips were still hurting and my ribs were hurting too..But i sucked it up and took another pilates class..Now my hips and ribs hurt even more so..
is this normal for someone who never took pilates before? will it go away once I get used to it?

Best answer:

Answer by Emily
If you are new to pilates then yes, it is normal. You probably used muscles that hadn’t been worked before or may have stretched muscles that were tight from lack of use. Just take it easy and allow yourself a rest day in between as you work on strength and technique. If you find your muscles are really sore take a nice warm bath and soak in some epsom salts to calm your muscles. Also I would suggest purchasing something called Tiger Balm. It helps relieve muscle pain and you can get it at a health foods store. You also might want to give aromatherapy creams a try.

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  1. You’re using muscles that you’ve likely never used, and in a way you’ve never used them. Think of Pilate’s as being a strengthening class. You wouldn’t lift weights the same way two days in a row… or run five miles your first day of running only to do the same thing the next day. Over training is a way to guarantee you won’t be able to do anything.

    Take some time to recover. Swim, bike, run. Then come back in a few days. Don’t push yourself too hard initially. Extend your range of motion slowly, and use the modified beginner versions until you develop the core strength you need. Ask your teacher to correct your form if you have questions.

    Best of luck!

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