Pilates is a sequence of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. The sequences are designed to strengthens the body’s core and stabilising muscles, the transverse abdominus (TVA or deep abdominal muscles), the pelvic floor and the gluten (the big muscles of the butt) whilst increasing flexibility of the thigh muscles and mobility of the spine through relaxing or releasing tension.
The exercises taught will give you strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture, with a much lower chance of injury than with other forms of exercise.
The sequences taught emphasise correct “form” instead of “going for the burn”.
And with so many exercise variations and progressions, you will never get bored with your Pilates class because just when you think you’ve mastered a move, Pilates has another version that’s a little different and a little harder.
In a Pilate’s class you will learn to think about how you use your muscles during your workout so you can use your body better in everyday movement. Much of the focus is on good posture and body mechanics, so you will begin to notice when you are standing or sitting incorrectly and you will have the knowledge to break that habit.
How do you learn and how do you progress?
If you have never done Pilates before then you are a beginner, even if you have been exercising regularly in the gym, running or dance classes (whatever), you NEED to learn the basics.
Skipping the vital information covered in a beginners level course can, at best, mean you will not get as much as you need from your class, and at worst can lead to injury.
But learning the basics well will lead to a successful practice and will help you reap the benefits from your class.
A beginner class is not for babies!
If you have never taken a Pilates class before you will feel it in your body the next day!
“Beginners” does not mean “no workout”
When you start at beginners your practice will flourish and your body will benefit from the moves taught.
Where do you go then?
Because Pilates moves keep building on each other, as your body becomes stronger and more flexible you can just keep progressing into
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