What is Pilates?
Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is a physical fitness method that seeks to develop a strong balanced body by concentrating on developing your core muscles. Pilates emphasizes the mind-body connection and makes you intimately aware of the right away to move by practicing fluid, controlled motions. Pilates also focuses on good posture, side/back breathing, muscle strengthening and toning, and proper body alignment. Each exercise's quality of motion is more important than its quantity.
Pilates exercises usually begin with warmups on mats. We then move on to specialized equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and variously sized barrels. Some Pilates equipment, like the Reformer, uses springs for resistance training. Additionally, Pilates uses exercise balls, foam rollers, hand weights, and resistance bands.
Six Principles of Pilates
- CONTROL (BODILY AWARENESS)
- CENTER (FOCUS ON CORE MUSCLES)
- FLOW/EFFICIENCY (SMOOTH TRANSITIONS BETWEEN MOVEMENTS)
- PRECISION (EXERCISING IN THE FULL AND CORRECT FORM)
- BREATHING (CIRCULATION, ENERGY AND STRESS RELIEF)
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