Pilates was originated in Germany in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. The purpose of Pilates is to focus on the core all while working on controlled breathing and correct spinal alignment. According to some of those who practice Pilates, the central goal is to create a bond between the mind and body. Similar to yoga , Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture, and transforms the way your body looks without bulking. Today’s athletes use Pilates for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention while Hollywood celebrities use it for slim and slender physiques.
The original Pilates workout consisted of 34 floor or padded mat exercises and then later transformed into equipment use. The Reformer is the most popular piece of equipment used for Pilates. It consists of a platform that moves back and forth and the resistance is determined by the exerciser’s body weight as well as the springs that are attached to the platform. It is used to improve flexibility, core strength and endurance, and total body strength and endurance.
Beginners should start with the floor exercises then advance to the Reformer or other more advanced Pilates equipment.
Benefits of Pilates :
- Improve flexibility
- Improve posture
- Increase energy
- Improve muscular strength
- Improve muscular endurance
- Increase core strength and endurance
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Great modification to normal weight training routi...