What we Should Know About Pilates Fitness?

Although Pilates is not a new form of exercise, it has recently become popular as people have begun to see its health benefits. From movie stars to sports stars to the elderly, many people are in enrolling in the Pilates fitness program. Many avoid this because they believe that that is only for the development of their own muscles. But there are many factors associated with Pilates, such as strengthening the entire body to gain body balance, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and much more. It may be called a combination of yoga, martial arts, and other western practices.
What is Pilates?

Pilate has a great repetition for improving the symptoms of back pain & other injuries and it is often recommended by many other health care professionals and GP's, but it sounds there is a variation of views of what Pilates actually is.

The usual perception of Pilates strengthens the core and a bit of stretching". While the "core" muscles play an important role in Pilates as does mobility (as opposed to stretching) there is a little bit more to it than that.

History of Pilates

Initially, Pilates was designed by a German fitness specialist, Joseph Pilates, at the beginning of the 20th century. It is said that these kinds of exercise regimen were formulated by him for people who were injured in World War II to recover faster. Pilates believed that the mind and the body are interrelated and developed this system to strengthen "a sound mind in a sound body". He taught many Germans and British people alike, and his students went on to open studios to teach these exercises.

In my point of view, I believe Pilates exercises should vary (when possible) from person to person depending on the needs and requirements of the individual, as we are all going to have different needs and mechanical setups. This is why I believe Pilates is most effective in small groups (max of 8), any bigger and it can turn to a "one exercise fits all" culture.

It is the execution of each exercise; the techniques that are going to give the main benefit to all participants. This is where the Pilates principles come in. From my experience exercises performed without the principles have little or no effect; whereas exercises performed with the principles are a lot more rewarding and beneficial. In my view the principles are a real skill and do take a lot of practice to master, however when done correctly with the exercises is where I see the most benefit come from. In my opinion, it's better to do an exercise once correctly with all principles than it is to do 20 times without.

Nowadays, many modern methods of exercising are combined with traditional Pilates and new forms of Pilates are introduced in many Pilates fitness classes. All these classes follow almost the same principle and have the same benefits.

Here is a list of principles (or I call them foundations) that I believe to be key. Most of these are originals ones:

Alignment/Posture- Good posture is the state of the muscle and skeletal balance which protects the structures of the body from injury. In short, if we aren't in "good" posture we risk overworking some parts and underworking others.

Precision - Getting the technique of each move correctly to make each move effective and beneficial.

Concentration & Control- The ability to be able to fully concentrate on each move to ensure the correct foundations are being carried out and the exercise is being carried out effectively to benefit you.

Completely isolation - The ability to be able to isolate muscles but at the same time group them together with other muscles to make a "chain" or a "sling" of muscles.

There are a few more you may have experienced in other classes or through other reading, but in my opinion, these are the key ones to adhere to.

Who can do these exercises?

Pilates fitness programs are for anybody and everybody. Sportspersons, dancers, athletes, men, women, women in pregnancy, and the postnatal period, elderly, people who are obese and oversized, can do these forms of exercise. If one chooses to join a Pilates fitness program, then he or she should choose a quality fitness studio, which would actually tailor-make the exercises to suit one's needs. Many avoid them because they feel they need the decency to join some classes. But this is not true. This is actually suitable for people with poor mobility and aches in joints too, as it improves the level of activity.
Pilates for Beginners

There are a lot of fitness programs that are devised to suit beginners as well as advanced learners. As soon as one decides to enroll himself in a program, he or she should decide on what kind of program- whether individual, duet, or group sessions, is suitable for them.

Even after enrolling in a class, a beginner should always keep five things in mind

  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Precision
  • Control
  • Breath flow

These are the basic principles involved in all Pilates exercises irrespective of the equipment one uses. when you start these exercises, you concentrate on the whole body. This not only helps one to do the exercise effectively but also helps the body get accustomed to each and every move. Though these are the basics, a beginner will know much more when he enrolls in a Pilates fitness program.

As a beginner, one does not have to be worried about the adaptability, as it is a beginner-friendly fitness programmed.

It is frustrating and disappointing that even after spending so much money and hours in the gym, you cannot wear your favorite dress because of the prominence of your belly.

What we Should Know About Pilates Fitness?
What we Should Know About Pilates Fitness? 

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