Devised by Joseph Pilates in the 1960’s, the Pilates exercise system is a way of strengthening the whole body, with particular emphasis on core strength, to help improve general fitness and wellbeing. As a low impact but muscle strengthening system of exercise, Pilates is accessible to people of any age or level of fitness
How does Pilates work?
Pilates shares many similarities with yoga inasmuch as they both work on stretching and strengthening muscle groups with a focus on building core strength and flexibility. Pilates exercises traditionally use a variety of equipment and, because of its origins in Greco-Roman wrestling, often includes a cardio component not always found in yoga classes. Pilates exercises often focus on adopting positions that stretch muscle groups and then holds them in order to strengthen them.
Can I learn Pilates at home?
Because of its low impact nature, Pilates is a popular choice for home exercise. Pilates DVD's are available for those of different levels of abilities. The only restriction on practicing Pilates at home is the space required to move around and adopt the various poses.
What will I need for Pilates?
● Resistance bands: Used in place of weights, resistance bands are used to increase the workload on your muscles. This intensifies the training, leading to better muscle strength and a more intense cardio workout.
● Pilates mat: Because Pilates requires you to maintain stress positions, it is recommended that you use a padded mat between you and the floor to remove any discomfort from the added pressure.
● Swiss ball: Many Pilates classes make use of the Swiss ball. Balancing of this inflatable ball provides a workout for your core muscles and increases your balance.
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