Many people believe Yoga and Pilates to be the same? They are in fact very different. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Pilates.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. It is a full body workout, focusing on strength and flexibility training methods. Pilates focuses on the muscles of the core aka the “powerhouse”. These muscles are located between the pelvic bones and wrap like a corset around the mid-section, front to back. When you utilise the core muscles you should aim to draw the navel in and up towards the spine which helps to engage the muscles of the core.
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
As an instructor of both disciplines, there are quite a few differences between these two practices. Although initially due to fluidity of movement and mind body connection, they can often be misinterpreted as being the same thing.
Yoga focuses more on natural movement of the body, although there is also structure in a Yoga class the structure comes in a different form. In Pilates, we move in a structure-set called a block and these movements are set out to be performed in sets and repetitions.
Is Pilates going to help me lose weight?
I get asked this question often. You will see the results of Pilates in how your clothes fit; initially you aren’t going to see much difference on the scale. Pilates can range from mild to quite intense depending on the instructor and the difficulty of the movements, it can be quite cardio intensive. Losing weight and keeping it off relies on consistent exercise and establishing good eating habits.
What does a class entail?
A good Pilates class should include a variety of different movements that allow for a structured flowing class. There should be a sufficient warm up, this includes breathing work to help prepare the body and to bring the mind into a more focused state.
Classical Pilates follows a set list of exercises performed one after the other and can range from 12-20 different exercises. At the end of the session, there should be some mild stretches included to help bring the body back to a pre workout state. Be prepared to move slowly and to breathe a lot, remember it also takes a while to perfect your routine so be patient with yourself if you do not get everything the first time.
How is Pilates going to benefit me?
Pilates aims to improve posture by conditioning the muscles and through this helps to prevent postural compensations.
Pilates benefits the body by increasing circulation, improving co-ordination, balance and posture, and muscles appear toned. These are just a few of the benefits of Pilates.
Pilates is an excellent exercise choice for any one at any fitness level. Attending regular Pilates classes not will not only complement any sport or fitness practice but will improve your posture and overall wellbeing.
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