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Pilates 101 - The Method Defined

Many are not sure exactly what Pilates is. Read on for a basic explanation of the Pilates Method fundamentals in addition to the common benefits many enthusiasts experience.

 “Unlike traditional exercise regimes, which isolate muscles, the system is a total body workout, preparing the body for the activities of daily life.” ~ Joseph H. Pilates.

Developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early part of the twentieth century, Pilates is a system of physical fitness that unites body, mind, and spirit. It is a form of exercise that is challenging enough for the most athletic, yet gentle enough for the mothers-to-be. The Pilates method’s primary focus is on the ‘Powerhouse’ also referred to as the core, which includes the muscles of the abdominals, glutes and the lower back. As the core becomes stronger, these muscles assist in stabilizing the spine and the trunk through movement of the extremities (arms and legs). This workout combines a mind-body connection that engages the core muscle groups to facilitate movement with control, flow and balance. Through proper breathing and a strong mind/body connection, the Pilates method can reverse years of damage caused by improper alignment, poor posture, repetitive movements, and the stress of day-to-day living.

Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates:

  • Perfect Posture
  • Tones and builds muscle without adding bulk
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Injury prevention
  • Expands body awareness
  • Develops balance and coordination
  • Build core strength
  • Improves total body flexibility

The most common way to achieve these benefits is through a workout on the mat.  However, there are many other ways to workout in the Method using a, Reformer, Tower, Chair and other forms of equipment, you will never get bored.

Have you tried Pilates?  What was your experience? Did you take a mat class? or experience a workout on Pilates equipment? I welcome all your comments and I encourage you to share your experiences.

You can find more information about Pilates, including 'Mat Exercise of the Week' at LOVAstyle.me, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email info@LOVAstyle.me.

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