What is Pilates
Posted by Administrator on 5/8/2012
What is Pilates?
The human body is capable of incredible levels of
flexibility and agility, but few people realize their full potential. We spend
most of our lives sitting around in basically the same position, and by doing
this we actually start to create muscle retraction and a certain level of
disability through lack of flexibility and not using our bodies through a full
range of motion occurs. The Pilates
system applies a comprehensive program for low impact exercise which consists
of hundreds of different moves, all designed to make the body feel stronger and
more slender than ever.
In the United
States in particular, Pilates has been
marketed as an effective way to lose weight. While some people have experienced
the loss of positive weights with this exercise system, there are far more
effective ways to lose a few pounds. Pilates has more in common with yoga
exercises than they do with traditional methods of the burning fat movement, so
it is important to keep in mind that the targeted goal of the exercise system
focuses around achieving the flexibility and muscle tone, which in turn can
help prevent injuries.
If your goal is to lengthen and strengthen your ligaments
and tendons, improve muscle tone and significantly reduce the likelihood that
you will experience joint pain in your old age, then Pilates should certainly
be able to help you. Many movements you see in a typical program focus on core
strength. Many exercises that use your own body weight as resistance are used
and many of these exercises will need the muscles of the stomach and lower back
to remain almost constantly tense (core). This will dramatically add to your
level of practical force, and develop the lower back muscles that will improve
your posture in ways you may not yet realise that you need to correct.
In addition to core strength, you will learn high levels of
muscle control that you never thought possible before the program began. Many
positions that you will be asked to stand for long periods of time are
difficult to move in, especially if you have little experience with this type
of exercise. To keep them correctly, you will work muscles you do not even
realize you had! You will feel
stretching sensations in places you never thought could be stretched. You leave
a Pilate’s session feeling looser and more relaxed than you have in years, and
it is only the beginning.
The list of long-term benefits of flexibility training that
goes on and on when you start to experience Pilates. Your muscles become leaner
and more tightly grouped than before and this will create a much more toned and
leaner look. Your flexibility will increase and this will take away major
strain on your joints as well, which is part of why so many people use Pilates
as a treatment for joint problems caused by things like arthritis. If you
already have a low percentage of body fat, Pilates is one of the most effective
ways to get a muscular and well defined physique, including the elusive
six-pack abs. If you've never tried something like Pilates, it's certainly
worth signing up for.