WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a non-impact system of exercise that focuses on the deep muscles of the abdomen and spine to create a sculpted and balanced physique.
Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes).
The fluid movements coupled with the breath are designed to reduce stress and tension, leaving you refreshed and not exhausted.
The custom-designed workouts are safe, versatile and effective for all ages and fitness levels. There are over 500 original exercises in the Pilates repertoire, taught using the basic principles of control, concentration/focus, centering, precision, rhythm/flow, and breath. These exercises often incorporate the use of special Pilates equipment referred to as the Reformer, mat, tower and chair.
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Pilates was founded by Joseph H. Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1880.
Pilates had numerous illnesses which inspired him to become deeply interested and devoted to physical fitness. To that end, he studied bodybuilding, boxing and gymnastics, along with many other forms of exercise.
During World War I, he was confined to an infirmary and created a rehabilitation program for bedridden soldiers. It was then that he began developing the exercises he called “Contrology”
In 1929, he and his wife, Clara, opened the first “Contrology” studio in New York City and established a following in the dance and performing arts communities.
Pilates continued to teach students until the late 1960’s. Today the “Contrology” exercises he created are known as “Pilates,” which is practiced around the world by students of all ages and from all walks of life.
Emphasizes rebalancing muscles around the joints
Corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury
Strengthens and tightens the abdominal muscles while protecting lower back, aiding in injury prevention and spinal health
Lengthens muscles as they are strengthened resulting in long, lean STRONG but FLEXIBLE muscles
Emphasis is on CONCENTRIC/ECCENTRIC contraction for injury prevention
Balances strength with flexibility for injury prevention and more efficient movement
Improves alignment without gravity, thus balancing muscles and improving posture