Pilates combines the best of calisthenics, yoga, and ballet. Stretching and lengthening the
major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion is what Pilates is all about.
A bit about where Pilates came from
Joseph Pilates introduced Pilates to the world in the 1920s. He advertised Pilates as a way for
injured athletes and dancers to return safely to exercise as well as a way for them to maintain
Pilates was a huge hit, which resulted in it being adapted to suit people in the general
community. Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic way to exercise. Concentration and
focus are essential elements of Pilates as Pilates requires you to move your body through
precise ranges of motion.
A typical Pilates session will last from anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes. It consists of
exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions. Resistance is obtained from
specialized equipment and our own body weight when it is done on the mat.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is a fantastic way of approaching exercise as the regimes are re-evaluated regularly to
ensure that they’re right for the person. This makes it appropriate for anyone, regardless of
their current fitness level.
Pro-athletes, those with limited mobility, pregnant women, older adults and people who are
starting their fitness journey can all benefit from Pilates. There are plenty of other benefits to
Pilates. Let’s take a look at them.
1. It’s fitness for the entire body – Many popular forms of exercise over-train certain parts
of the body while neglecting others, which results in disproportionate bodies. On the other
hand, Pilates emphasizes training people’s core strength. Training your core along with your
mind as well as your breathing is what makes Pilates so popular. You won’t find this type of
training anywhere else.
2. Strength instead of bulk – Too many exercise programs focus on bulking up. Pilates does
things differently. Pilates concentrates on long and lean muscles, which many people argue is aesthetically more pleasing. The muscles built through Pilates are much more function than form. The way Pilates does this is by taking advantage of a muscle contraction known as
3. Pilates does wonders for flexibility – Pilates is fantastic for people looking to become
more flexible. People who practice Pilates regularly enjoy a greater range of motion. All
desire a body that can stretch and bend to meet the everyday challenges of life.
4. Pilates improves posture – Posture is an excellent way of telling if a person has a strong
core. As already mentioned, Pilates emphasizes core training. An incredible benefit of
training the core is better posture. Beautiful posture can be observed in people who regularly practice Pilates.