What is Pilates?

Pilates is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country.

It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people.

Studio 42°’s Hot Pilates and Pilates

Pilates is a series of very specific exercises executed on a mat. The exercises have a specific sequence, breath and flow. The goal is to develop deep, stabilizing core strength in the abdominals and the lower back. The idea of deep awareness and focus is basic to all Pilate’s exercises.

We will offer:

Hot Pilates:
(Pilates in a heated room). Here we will be able to offer greater intensity and detoxification than in a standard Pilates session, we will also use T-bows to intensify the workout. Be prepared to sweat! Make sure to read the FAQ about Hot Pilates.

(Not in a hot room). In these classes we will offer flow Pilates classes and foundation courses in Pilates. All exercises will be done on a mat on the floor. In our mat work classes we occasionally use small workout equipment like foam rollers, fitness circles, small weighed balls, blocks, flex-bands and T-bows.

Pilates is Whole-Body Fitness

Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

Attention to core support and full-body fitness -- including the breath and the mind -- provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere.

Pilates is an Adaptable Method

Modification is the key to Pilates exercise success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.

Core Strength

Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.

As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.

The Six Pilates Principles: Breath, Centring, Control, Flow, Precision, and Concentration:

These six Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a high quality Pilates workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilate’s exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine.

Pilates is a Unique Method of Exercise.

Core strength and torso stability, along with the six Pilates principles, set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. Weight lifting, for example, can put a lot of attention on arm or leg strength without attending much to the fact that those parts are connected to the rest of the body! Even running or swimming can seem like all arms and legs, with either a floppy or overly tense core. Ultimately those who really succeed at their sport learn to use their core muscles, but in Pilates this integrative approach is learned from the beginning.

Pilates and its history

Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast born in Germany who immigrated to New York in the 1920’s. He studied a range of activities like Yoga, body building, gymnastics, boxing, self- movement defence, Zen ,circus performance even of animals. All this led him to devise a revolutionary way of exercising which became known as the Pilates method.

Joseph Pilates was so impressive with his development of this new regime that he found fame with New York’s celebrities, particularly actors and dancers.

His work has been researched and validated and is now a world recognised and widely enjoyed way of working out.

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