Pilates - Pilates Basics
Pilates refers to a physical fitness system which was developed by
Joseph Pilates in early 20th century. The system became first popular
in UK, Germany and USA. Pilates is now practiced worldwide and it
continues to grow in appeal for amateurs, athletes,
people looking to stay healthy and in shape as well as for people who
are looking to lose weight.
Joseph gave the name ‘controlling’ to this system
since he believed that this method uses mind to control the muscles.
The aim of this system is to increase flexibility, strength and have
better control over the body.
the Pilates system was developed as mat exercises but
later Pilates introduced the use of different apparatuses. Using a range of apparatuses which are meant at
guiding and training
the body, the Pilates system tries to develop controlled movement from
Every apparatus is used for its own range of exercises. Most of the
exercises which are done with the Pilates apparatus involve resistance
training since the springs are used to provide for additional
resistance. The use of springs results in so called progressive
resistance which means that the resistance keeps on increasing as the
spring is stretched. The most common of all Pilate’s
apparatus is the Reformer. The other apparatus includes Cadillac, the
Wanda chair, the high chair, the ladder barrel, the step barrel and the
baby chair. There are also apparatus which are not used so frequently
like Magic Circle, Guillotine Tower, Foot corrector and the Peri-pole.
Daily Exercise Plan
Pilate exercises are extensive. It is wise to start with some basic
exercises for the beginners. You can make a daily
exercise plan for yourself
and then stick to it. Later when you have mastered the basics, you can
go for the more advance exercises. You can find information and
procedure of hundreds of free
Pilates exercises on the web.
course, it is always advisable for you to begin any
under the guidance of an expert. You can also buy high quality Pilates
Pilates workouts and instruction that you can work out along with
the instructor. The quality DVDs have instructors who
are professional and will instruct you on how to perform each Pilates
exercise safely and effectively so that you get the most
benefit from each exercise.
Here, just for guidance, we are providing some information on some
exercises that you can start with as a beginner:
if practiced regularly, will keep your body fit and your mind healthy.
up exercises: These exercises are extremely important to start with.
They are like the foundation. You can practice Imprinting, Arm reach
and pull, pelvic curl, Swan prep, Wall roll down etc. You
don’t have to do all of them, but you should definitely
choose 2 to 3 out of them and practice them religiously as warm-up
Like a Ball.
Side Kick Series.