Joseph Pilates (1880-1967)
"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body"
In the 1920s, a physical trainer introduced Pilates into America as a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. Since then Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community.
Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balances fashion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rytham and breathing pattern.
In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to ten times, over a session of 45 to 90 minutes. Mat work and specialised equipment for resistence are used.
The Pilates method is taught to suit each person. Exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels.
Why is Pilates best for you?
Pilates caters for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced. You can perform exercises using your own body weight, or with the help of various pieces of equipment.
A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches. Each exercise is performed with attention to correct breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control.
Modern Pilates is an ideal form of exercise for strengthening and lengthening your muscles and correcting poor posture. It is recommended for rehabilitative purposes and to benefit individuals in sport training.