The pilates workout was developed by Mr. Joseph Pilates. Legend says that he called his method “contrology.” Sound familiar? You are correct. It means “control.” The instructors are usually hyper aware of body mechanics, body awareness, and very well versed with their musculatures. Although, all the minuscule movements are often very precise and slow moving, it’s actually engaging muscles that people often dismiss. Pilates focus on a lot of core work and spinal alignment.
With dedication, people who practice Pilates on regular basis can achieve long lean muscles instead of bulky muscles. There’s definitely a lot of isotonic movements and/or resistance as much as it is needed. You can do a lot of core work (AKA “powerhouse” with Pilates jargon), strengthening, stretching, and coordination. The “core” is engaged with majority of the exercises.
HERE ARE SOME BENEFITS FROM CORE STRENTHENING:
-Improve posture for sitting and standing
-Minimize injuries for lifting and other various physical activities
-Enhances balance and stability
-Improve physical physique (this is secondary)
People are often apprehensive of the full on Pilate workout classes from various reasons. I, for one, was intimidated by the monstrous equipment and the cost. Classes cost more because the equipment is pricy, classes are usually smaller, and the instructors really have to know their stuff. However, if one would argue, Pilates can be practiced with simply a yoga mat.
As for a traditional pilate’s class, you might be introduced to numerous heavy duty equipment and smaller props such as:
THE WUNDA CHAIR
If you would like more information on the Pilates workout, I found WEB MD to be a great source. Overall, I happened to like pilate’s. I took a private one on one lesson and my first group class. Both sessions felt like a very good workout. The hour long training went by quickly. All the machines and props kept me very entertained.