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New to Pilates?

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What exactly is Pilates?

 
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes use of the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the early 1900s.

A Pilates routine typically includes 25 to 50 repetitive strength training exercises. Pilates is similar to calisthenics, such as situps and pushups. In fact, some people call Pilates the ultimate form of calisthenics. Pilates can assist in flattening your belly, relaxing your neck and overall help with ridding you of all of your aches and pains. If you are new to Pilates it can be difficult to know if you are doing the exercises correctly and activating the deep layer of support muscle in your body.
 
This is why we always advocate starting with a beginner level /fundamentals class or starting in a 1-to-1 session with a qualified Pilates trainer.

Some of Joseph Pilates' initial work had been with bed-ridden, sick and injured soldiers. Through working with these recovering patients,he realised that strengthening the really deep muscles that support the spine enabled people to align joints correctly, permitting essential organs to work to their optimum and hence promote extremely good health.  In the Pilates exercises we do today we realize the same benefits. 
In todays fast paced working society, too many people suffer the consequences of sitting at a desk all day; If you are hunched over in an unhealthy position all day, just think of just how this might hamper your lungs and other organs from working correctly. This will then perhaps not only have an impact on your respiration, but may additionally make you feel sluggish and inevitably cause backache as your postural muscles and your diaphragm becomes tight (because it is attached to your back) and so the painful string of bad events can goe on. 

If you're considering starting a  Pilates program, here's what you need to know:

Is Pilates for beginners?

Pilates for beginners — is that an oxymoron? Not at all. Pilates isn't just for fitness fiends. Pilates is an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility
 
It's a common misconception that Pilates is only for serious athletes or professional dancers. While these groups first adopted Pilates, they aren't the only ones who can benefit from this approach to strength training.

Another common misperception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Indeed, when you think of Pilates you probably picture the reformer, an apparatus that resembles a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or the cadillac, a type of trapeze table. The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

 
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:

  • Improved core strength and stability
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Prevention and treatment of back pain
  • Improved breathing and lung capacity

Is Pilates for everyone?

 
Yes! The Pilates work can be suited for the injured weekend warior, to the sedentary office worker, to the stay at home mom, professional athelete and everyone in between! Pilates work in inherinely rehabilitative, and that's why at Pilates People al of our therapists incorporate Pilates into our rehab programs.

What to look for in a Pilates instructor
 
Pilates certification programs includes classroom instruction and experiential training. Participants for most programs must complete a 500- 600-hour apprenticeship, during which they observe and practice Pilates, assist a certified instructor, teach under direct supervision and pass a certifying examination.

 Ask the following questions of any Pilates instructor you're considering:

  • Did the instructor complete a comprehensive training program that included a training apprenticeship?
  • How long has the instructor been teaching Pilates?
  • Is the instructor able to adapt exercise for special needs, such as injuries and rehabilitation?


 How does Pilates fit into a total fitness program?

If you're a healthy adult, your weekly exercise routine should include:

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity — or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity
  • Strength training exercises at least twice a week
Pilates is a great strength training workout, but it isn't aerobic exercise. You'll need to supplement it with aerobic exercises, such as brisk walking, running, biking or swimming.

 


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Pilates San Diego is a body conditioning routine that builds flexibility, muscle strength (making muscles lean and elongated, not “bulking up”), and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, his, and back.  It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates San Diego system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty, from beginner to advanced.  Clients can proceed at their individual pace, and intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
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