What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical exercise which focuses on building the core strength of the body and improves the overall health and well-being of the body thus ensuring its optimal functioning and performance. It is similar to yoga which also works on the balance, posture, and flexibility of the body. However, what makes Pilates superior to yoga is that it has lesser chances of injury when it comes to strenuous exercise.
Not only has the physical strength, mind-body connection also come under the focus of Pilates. How does that work? It is obvious that your mind needs to remain focused during exercise to ensure proper breathing and movements of the body. Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.
History of Pilates
Originally Pilates’ form of exercise used to be known as Contrology. Pilates was developed and introduced into the world of exercise by a German gymnast and carpenter, Joseph Pilates. He basically introduced this as an exercise program for the dancers and soldiers who got injured while living in The United Kingdom. Joseph Pilates believed in the close connection between the physical and mental health and that both worked in coordination with each other to ensure the overall well-being of a person. Joseph Pilates immigrated to The United States in the 1920’s. There he opened a studio in New York called “Pilates Studio”.
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is a flexible form of exercise which can be m modified according to the ability and requirements of an individual. Some use it to build a gentle strength in the body while others do a challenging workout for greater strength. Therefore, all the beginners well as expert trainees can use this form of exercise for their body strength.
If you’re a beginner…
As a beginner, it always seems difficult to do some challenging workout. However, this is not the case with Pilates because this exercise allows you to begin with lighter sessions as well. Therefore, if you are a beginner, you can start your session with basic exercises and gradually build up your strength and stamina. Once you feel strong enough, you can jump to more advanced exercises.
In the beginning, it is better that you hire a private instructor who could guide you during your workout sessions to ensure efficient results and avoid any kind of injury.
If you are pregnant, haven’t exercised in a long while, having other health-related problems or older in age, you should consult your health practitioner before starting the workout session.
*We have over 30 pilates classes per week at our clear island waters location. (Close to mermaid waters / Broadbeach and robina, located just opposite the Q centre)