Chances are you’ve heard of Pilates – maybe it was a friend raving about how fun it was or a co-worker telling you their core has never been stronger. Pilates workouts are great and for good reason. The moves are simple, controlled, and technique-focused. Pilates is amazing for those looking to get stronger, more flexible, and in need of low-impact exercise.
One of the best parts about Pilates is that it’s great for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. In addition, you don’t need a reformer machine, which adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs which form part of the machine, to do Pilates.
Who Should Take Pilates Classes?
Pilates is great for everybody, but not for everybody. Pilates works in stages, so for those just getting started, it is important to understand that there are many phases and levels for which to strive.
What is Pilates?
In 1914, during World War II, Joseph Pilates developed a series of exercises that he claimed would help his students become stronger. The method later evolved into his own system of exercises, which he named Contrology. When Joseph passed in 1967, the exercise system took on his name and became known as the Pilates Method.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, Pilates is defined as “a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.”
Pilates is different from a typical fitness routine because it works more than just those large muscle groups. Pilates focuses on strengthening the core, but don’t think you’ll get bored with crunches and sit-ups. In fact, you won’t do any of those in a traditional Pilates class.
Strengthening your core helps stabilize the body in other ways beyond just your mid section. Having a strong core can help support and protect our internal organs and central nervous system in addition to preventing injury and back pain.
Where and When Should You Do Pilates Exercises?
At the Village, of course, and whenever you can find a class on the Village app to fit your schedule! There are many different types of Pilates classes to suit a variety of fitness levels and personal preferences, ranging from more controlled slower-paced classes to more rhythmic upbeat classes.
How Should You Begin Pilates?
Regardless of your fitness level, you should not skip any steps when it comes to Pilates. Novice athletes and fitness junkies alike will benefit by finding a Beginner level class and moving up from there. Students will initially learn about the six principles of Pilates — concentration, centering, control, breath, precision, and flow — that will help them overcome personal fitness challenges and achieve their athletic goals as they progress through more advanced levels of Pilates.