It can be a bit intimidating when for the first time you join a Pilates class. Whether it is a lesser size which you are looking for or a better core or lean muscle, pilates can help you in all. The term “Pilates” comprises of series of some 500 workout styles which are reflections of yoga, calisthenics and ballet. It stretches and lengthens all the muscle groups in the body and also aids in increasing the overall balance.
#What Is Pilates?
It is a consolidation of exercises which helps enhance body flexibility, physical strength, posture and also improve our mental abilities. Pilates can comprise of some aerobic as well as non-aerobic form of exercises where you are required to use full concentration to help your body move through a range of impact full motions. The moves are very slow and controlled which helps you find your center of balance. It is as if an orchestra of elegant movements is played at the backdrop of a harmonious rhythm.
#Who Created Pilates?
A man named Joseph Pilates who was a physical trainer during year 1920 invented these exercises and it is then America experienced Pilates. As a child he suffered from many illnesses and wanted to grow up to be healthy and strong. He extensively researched and studied all kinds of exercises and documented his findings. He is also one of the first to combine the Eastern and Western ways of fitness and exercise.
While working as a nurse during the First World War, Joseph Pilates started to design the exercises for helping patients recover from injuries, using the bed as an apparatus. He fixed springs to the hospital beds and made them do exercises with the support of the bed itself to improve their strength. Proper breathing and right alignment of spine and pelvis are important things in Pilates. In 1923, Joseph moved to America and professional dancers found his system of exercise very useful, not only to recover but also to prevent further injuries.
What Are Some Beginner Pilates Exercises?
As a beginner to Pilates understanding the principles behind them is important:
Principles of Pilates: Some key things to focus on are control, concentration, precision, centering, and breathing. These are the fundamental principles of Pilates exercise. When we perform pilates we are attentive towards each move we make. This mindfulness workout increases its overall effectiveness.
Some Basic Moves of Pilates: While doing Pilates, there are some rules about how you should use the muscles of the abdomen, how to improve the range of movements, how to hold the spine and pelvis, and so on. If you learn the right techniques for each of these, you will benefit a lot from doing Pilates.
What Are The Types Of Pilates Classes?
When you go to attend a Pilates class, you will either be doing the exercises on a mat, or a machine known as a reformer. A reformer is a sliding platform, which has a foot bar, pulleys, and springs. You should know which class you are joining before you enroll in one. Pilates exercise are customized by the trainer for meeting the different needs.
What Are The Advantages Of Pilates?
People who do Pilates can experience the following advantages:
- Become more flexible.
- Improve muscle tone and strength.
- Improved stabilization of the spine.
- Improvement of posture.
- Recovery from or prevention of injuries.
- Improvement in balance and physical coordination.
- Improvement of mental concentration.
- Less stress.
Not everything about pilates can be covered here. This was an initial introduction about the subject. The right step next will be to actually get started under a supervising trainer.