Pilates is an exercise system invented and developed by Joseph Pilates in 20th century and most definitely in early 1900s. It is now popular in many countries including US, UK and Germany. There are thousands of instructors and millions of practitioners are engaged in the industry today. Some exercises need highly developed exercise equipment while many other workouts need only a mat which you can attain with a simple cost. The aim developer get in constructing workout styles and program is to strengthen mind and body. It is believed that mind and body are interrelated. Joseph Pilates was the author of two books and they are Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising That Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education (1934) and Return to Life Through Contrology (1945).
In the early stage of construction of Pilates the workouts was designed to practice in a highly specialized studio. But now it has become popular and can be practiced in community centers, gyms and physiotherapy rooms etc. The Pilates system is strongly developed to use special apparatus and they are costly. The aim of using these apparatus is to make movements which are controlled by such apparatus in order to form a strong core and muscles of the body through a controlled exercise.
There are two types of apparatus usually used for practicing Pilates namely classical and modern. Authentic or classical props are used by the Pilates teachers who directly follow teachings of Joseph Pilates. And modern props are used by the Pilates teachers who follow recently developed techniques of Pilates. However both of these two camps converges their teachings to the principles what laid down by Joseph Pilates in his books.
There are six main principles which are very important in studying Pilates. Those principles are concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing. According to the later edition of Pilates by Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen called The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning, these six principles are practiced widely by Pilates community and recognized widely too.
Concentration requires that you must keep your mind aware in all situations on what you are doing. It is assumed that it is difficult and must. You must concentrate your mind in every and all single actions you are doing in Pilates so that they might be helpful in identifying yourself and realization what Pilates aimed itself. It is revealed that in many researches Concentration will help in degenerative symptoms of diseases like Parkinson.
Control is the main aim yet it is recognized as a principle later. The aim of Pilates is to control the muscle using resistive methods and moving them against gravity. The name Control is preferred by the innovator but later replaced by his surname PILATE.
Centering is to point one’s exercises at one starting point called the center. All the other exercises are centered that point. You must be aware of your center of Pilates which is going to be your Powerhouse.
Pilates aims creating flow by using appropriate transitions. Once required precision achieved, the exercises intended to flow in order to build strength and stamina.
Precision is essential. It is the neatness of your works results. You must be aware of the results and focused in order to achieve greater precision so that your accomplishment may be greater than you expected. If you realized inaccurate body development the entire project is gone. Consult your doctor before teacher for a starting point, the center or powerhouse.
Breathing is emphasized in many physical activities and it is important and taken as a principle of Pilates. Proper breathing may help to keep your body oxygenated highly while helping to keep your mind in concentration and peaceful.
Pilates is a unique exercise that has the ability to abdominal strength, flexibility and body awareness with each exercise. The best Pilates workout incorporated with at least one exercise to work each of the major muscles of the core. Some commonly practice exercises are explained to understand what Pilates are.
Plank: Standing on feet hip-width apart, flex forward at the hips and put hands on the floor beneath shoulders. Extend legs behind one at a time to balance the body weight between hands and feet.
Roll-Up, Rolling like a Ball, Side Kick, Frontal Kick, Swim, Side Bend are some more mat exercises that helps your core strength.
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