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It sure can! Men and women will both benefit from the invigorating workout. As you develop your powerhouse, giving you a strong stabile core, you will grow longer and leaner, creating stronger more flexible muscles.
Pilates is a well-rounded, full-body workout and is the perfect choice as a person’s only form of exercise. It is also wonderful for athletes who focus on a single sport. Pilates will work to correct the imbalances created by performing the same sport over and over. Pilates will help take your sport to the next level!
Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates is functional, working several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the “powerhouse”).
The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialized equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair and other small apparatus, like the foam roller, magic circle, etc.
The reformer uses springs, pulleys, bars & straps to perform over 500 exercises in a variety of positions. The equipment was originally developed to offer movement and rehab to the injured, but today it offers a more challenging version of the matwork. Because of the reformer’s attachments, it is an ideal option for those who need modifications to the mat exercises. It is also easier to increase resistance with the reformer, creating more challenging work for the advanced Pilates client. While the classes are more expensive than mat, they are generally smaller class formats, which allow for more individualized instruction. Pilates Instructors can work with a wide range of clients, from rehab focused to extremely challenging for even the most seasoned athlete.
Excellent posture is something we all desire, everyone’s mother chided them about it, and it seems illusive in modern office culture. But, there is hope. Pilates is designed to strengthen, stretch and align. First you will strengthen the abdominals and muscles around the spine, giving your spine the support it has been craving. Then you will stretch the shoulders, chest and upper back, opening the shoulders that so often roll forward, finding space through the chest, and mobilizing the often frozen thoracic spine. Last, teaching your body to stand in a healthy alignment using your new mobility and strength to feel supported in great posture.
Pilates: Pilates classes focus on strength, muscle toning, body control, and flexibility, with the main emphasis being core strength. Pilates is a disciplined practice that needs to be done on a regular basis to provide benefit.
Yoga: On the other hand, yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups. It offers balance, endurance, strength, spirituality, and some really physical movement. Please check out my article Yoga vs. Pilates
Classical Pilates attempts to be as close to the teachings of Joseph Pilates as possible. Second generation teachers who were fortunate enough to have studied with one or more of the Elders help keep his work and spirit alive. Some of these classically trained teachers remain very true to the original work while others tend to vary.
Contemporary Pilates is easier to define: It is everything that came after classical.
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Pilates is performed either in socks or barefeet. Clients should wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too baggy. This allows the instructor to see your alignment and better correct your form.
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