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Information of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was the creator of this body conditioning exercise system. It’s a serious of moves that improve the posture, flexibility and strength. It will tighten the abs, lengthen the muscles and calm the mind. Breathing and focusing on breathing plays a big part in the practice of this exercise method and that will have a meditative result for the mind. Millions of people practice Pilates every week all over the planet.

What does Pilates do for you? Dancers, athletes, office workers and new mothers can benefit from practising Pilates – to name but a few. In fact, almost everybody can find a benefit to gain from taking up this workout method. It will increase strength, improve posture and flexibility and can even help with losing a few extra pounds as muscles develop. Many classes uses mats for the exercises but there are other apparatus that can be used such as balls.

Who should be doing Pilates? Everybody can do Pilates – unless of course you are suffering from a pulled muscle or are heavily pregnant, at which point you should check with your doctor whether it’s suitable. Pilates is ideal for people with back problems or for those who want to tighten up their abs. It’s great for people who need physical therapy and athletes including the international level rugby players who are doing it!

Is it like yoga? Yoga and Pilates are often put together. They are similar in some ways – for one, the breathing. But they are different in that Pilates is more focused on lengthening the muscles and building strength. Yoga promotes healing and flexibility. They can complement each other and you wouldn’t go wrong if you took up both and then threw in a couple of cardio sessions such as Zumba, kick boxing or spinning classes to satisfy all of your physical exercise needs. You’ll be well on the way to a high level of fitness.

Where can you do Pilates? Pilates can be practised in a gym, studio or at home. It is available in a groups session, on a one-on-one basis or even with privately at home with the use of a DVD. It’s really up to you on how you prefer to practise. There are pros and cons to each of these choices. You could start with a few sessions with a tutor and then take your Pilates home with you so that you can practice it when you want without needing to leave the house or travel to your local gym.