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What is Pilates
Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It is a low-impact, full-body workout that emphasizes proper breathing, spinal alignment and controlled movements. Pilates improves your posture, stability, coordination and breathing. The gentle, small yet fluid movements create a strong core (abdominals and back) and increase balance and coordination. Pilates is an ingenious training method inspired by yoga, tai chi, mensendieck, the Alexander Technique and physiotherapy. The Pilates method consists of a series of exercises that target the core muscles, including the abdominals, lower back and pelvic floor. These exercises can be performed on a mat or using specialized equipment such as a reformer, which utilizes springs and pulleys to provide resistance.
Pilates is popular for improving flexibility, balance and posture, as well as building strength and endurance. It is often recommended as a complementary therapy for individuals recovering from injuries or managing chronic conditions such as back pain or arthritis.
There are many variations of Pilates, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, and it can be customized to suit individual needs and goals. Pilates is also commonly used in combination with other forms of exercise, such as yoga or cardio workouts, to provide a well-rounded fitness routine.
Who is Pilates for
Pilates is for everyone: young or old, fit or full of good intentions to get fit. Pilates classes and holidays are suitable for all. As it uses gentle, small, concentrated movements an no jolting is involved, Pilates is a good form of exercise for injury-prone people, those new to exercise, heavily overweight and mature sports people. Physiotherapists all over the world recognise the health benefits Pilates offers during rehabilitation or to compliment regular treatment of chronic conditions.
Pilates can be done on a mat using body weight, or alternatively on Pilates equipment. It is a highly effective workout to both strengthen and lengthen all the muscles in the body. However, the star of the show is your core: i.e., the stomach, back and pelvic floor muscles. Pilates exercises recruit these muscles, making them stronger. A strong core is the foundation for good posture. Standing correctly and sitting up straight become second nature through Pilates. A strong core also provides strength and balance when performing your daily activities. This is how Pilates helps protect your back, reducing the risk of injury.
Pilates 'The art of controllogy'
Joseph Pilates, the inventor of the exercise, described his method as 'the art of controllogy'. Pure mental focus will grant you control over your body. Which is why you won’t hear any loud music or thudding beats during a Pilates class. Some instructors do use calming background music.