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What is Pilates?
Pilates stands for Proximal Integrating Latent Agile Toning Exercise System - a. fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally named these exercise techniques contrology and designed it around the effects of lifestyle and stress on the body. In simple terms, Pilates is an exercise program that focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. All exercises use deep abdominal muscles and back strength and a minimum number of repetitions to develop core stability and prevent back pain.
Types of Pilates
Stott Pilates, Winsor Pilates, Stability Ball-based Pilates, or Yoga with Pilates are newly developed exercise methods that use core stabliity to develop strength, flexibility and endurance with less risking of injury.
How to Do Pilates?
Pilates exercises are performed either on a padded floor mat (mat classes) or with special apparatus (machine classes). Mat exercises focus on strengthening the muscles of the trunk and hip and increasing the flexibility of both the spine and hips. The equipment uses the resistance of springs to create effort. Pilates machines include the Reformer, the Cadillac and the Wunda Chair. A typical Pilates workout is about an hour long.
What are the Benefits of Pilates?
The Pilates exercise method has a wide range of health and fitness benefits. It's especially beneficial for women. For example, the deep muscle worked and strengthened is the transversus abdominalis, which crosses the abdomen and those of the pelvic structure, which support abdominal organs and play a role in maintaining continence. Pilates exercises can also be helpful during pregnancy as well as after childbirth to restore abdominal-muscle strength and realign posture.
Other Fitness and Health Benefits
If you perform Pilates exercises regularly (twice a week) and carefully, then typically your program will:
- Improve posture
How to Start Doing Pilates?
The best way to learn Pilates exercise is to take a class at your local gym/studio or hire a personal instructor, which usually costs $50 - $100 per hour. Once you learn how to do the moves, you'll be able to do many of them on your own. There are also some very good beginners Pilates videos available. You can find them at many online and offline stores.
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