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We Know: All About Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on the powerhouse or midsection of the body. By strengthening your powerhouse, you will gain more flexibility and better posture. A breathing method is incorporated along with each movement to enhance the mind/body connection.

How did Pilates start?

Created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's, the Pilates method of exercise was mainly popular with dancers in its beginnings. Pilates spent years developing movements based on resistance and breathing techniques until his unique exercise form was born. After his death in 1967, Pilates continued to grow and expand outside of the New York dance community. In the 1980's, many celebrities jumped on the bandwagon and began practicing Pilates. Now, over 5 million Americans practice this beneficial form of exercise.

What are some of the benefits of doing Pilates?

Pilates is truly a whole body workout. Just some of the benefits include:

  • Improved posture.
  • Increased mobility.
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased strength.
  • A toned and trimmed stomach.
  • Decreased stress levels.
  • Acquisition of proper breathing technique.

Who shouldn't do Pilates?

Pilates is generally safe for anyone who wants to try it. Each of the movements can be modified to suit your personal skill level and to accommodate any special needs you may have, such as an injury. Your Pilates instructor will advise you on the best movements for you and your body. However, people who are in poor health or have a serious medical condition should consult their doctors before even attempting Pilates or any new workout routine.

How can I learn Pilates?

Learning Pilates can be done either one of two ways. First, you can attend class with a Pilates instructor in your area. He or she will be able to guide you through the exercises and ensure you are maintaining proper form. Search your yellow pages or look on the Internet for an instructor near where you live.

You can also learn Pilates through one of the numerous video instruction workouts. These are great for those who want to try out Pilates, but aren't sure if they want to commit to a class. However, it may be easier to injure yourself or do movements improperly, because there is no one there to correct you. Some of the better videos for people new to Pilates include:

  • Pilates Workout For Dummies
  • Pilates-Beginning Mat Workout
  • Windsor Pilates Basic

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