Pilates involves methods of controlled movements which are designed to make you feel like you are doing a combination of workouts for the mind and the body. With a commitment to consistency, Pilates promises to improve strength, flexibility, strength, control and endurance.
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A Pilates instructor will teach you proper techniques by placing emphasis on aligning your physical body with your thoughts, breathing and intention. You will soon begin to develop better coordination and balance, along with better health for mind and body. Your instructor will help you to develop a strong inner core, which is the part of the human body between the ribs and hips, and around to the lower-back and buttocks. This region of the human body is sometimes called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's well-being.
Types of Pilates
Pilates can be divided up between two basic types:
Mat - Pilates on a mat involves performing moves on a thick padded mat that will effeciently cushion pressure points. The workout is comprised of a series of core exercises that helps tone the mid-section, as well as stabilizing the spine and back. Even though it's low-impact, a thick cusion is needed for some of the awkward movements, such as the Scissor Kick, where both legs and arms are elevated at an angle bringing most of the body weight on top of the tailbone. Not to worry though, as Pilates on a mat is fun, easy and healthy.
Reformer - This type of Pilates exercise is performed on a reformer machine and has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Reformer Pilates is good for people recovering from an injury or those who want to workout on their own without an instructor's guidance. It will help you to perform exercises that are more precise for core movements and help to isolate more muscles than in Pilates done on a mat. A reformer involves a sliding platform with a foot bar and springs that provide resistance.
Programs with your goals in mind..
Pilates programs can be suited for beginner to advanced, and others in the middle. Regardless of your skill-level, a Pilates program can be made to accommodate different levels of difficulty in order to suit your present abililty. The instructor will help you to set specific goals and guide you along the way to achieve them.
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