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Is Pilates The Right Workout for You?

Updated on February 9, 2013

Pilates is becoming a well-known type of exercise these days. Many people believe in the promise this exercise could bring. Dancers and athletes use Pilates to improve their performance. Dancers improve their gracefulness and flexibility through this workout. Athletes develop more strength and speed by incorporating this workout into their field. It helps improve the shape of your body. It helps develop long lean muscles so you’d look leaner and longer. It helps improve posture therefore will make you seem slightly taller.

Pilates is a combination of calisthenics, stretching, and yoga. It works out your entire body. There are actually two types of Pilates. One is mat workout where you’d need to do the entire workout on the floor with mat. Another kind is using equipments. Equipments of Pilates machines use pulleys for resistance. People who do advanced Pilates use elastic bands and cables in mat workouts to add resistance to the body.

The concept of Pilates is to develop core strength and flexibility to the entire body. The core muscles are the abs, back, hips, and buttocks. They are the foundation of Pilates workouts. When the core is strong, it can help you control your movement. Flexibility is developed due to the many stretching exercises included in this workout. You’d need to concentrate on the workout and apply the correct breathing technique that is similar to yoga.



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Who Is It For

Anyone who is healthy can do Pilates. Dancers, athletes, and advanced exercisers can all do Pilates. Beginners can also do Pilates as long as they modify their exercises and perform them carefully. People with ailments and pregnant women must ask for guidance from their doctors and Pilates experts to make the exercises suited for them. They must follow modifications to make the exercises doable despite their limitations. It is noted too that Pilates relieves back pain so anyone with back problems may find the Pilates exercise helpful for their condition.

Pilates was originally designed to rehabilitate people with ailments. More specifically, Joseph Pilates designed this exercise to rehabilitate U.S. soldiers after the war. Through the years, many fitness experts have practiced, taught, and redesigned the program. At present, Pilates is more suited for healthy people and people with ailments should seek guidance from experts for a safer modified version.



The Right Way to Do Pilates

You must learn the correct breathing techniques, correct centering of the body, focus on every exercise, and learning how to control the movements using your core muscles. These are the most important factors to learn if you want your Pilates workouts to produce satisfying results.

Like every workout, optimized results will be achieved when you have a correct diet. Pilates can be a workout all on its own or you can incorporate this with your other exercise routine.



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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi Inierm, thanks for stopping by and for sharing your experience with swimmers. Cheers.

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      lnierm 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      I'm a Pilates instructor at Circle City Pilates and I love working with swimmers! They tend to have a lot of upper body strength and yet have more mobility than a typical athlete. They love doing Pilates because it gives them an advantage due to gaining more strength and retaining mobility.

      Glad to join this conversation!

      -Lindsey http://www.circlecitypilates.com

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Ahm, Quicksand, I'm lost. I can't do the dolphin-butterfly you're suggesting, harhar! I think I can only drink. :P

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Well BeatsMe, you try doing one length Dolphin-Butterfly and swim back using an easy stroke and then repeat if you can. (You don't have to rinse before repeating, because you are already in the water!)

      Cheers!

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Har! Quicksand. I thought for a while there you would say drinking lots of water. :D

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      You are right BeatsMe ... it is swimming! :)

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, I'm stumped. I have no idea what that exercise is, unless it's aqua aerobics or swimming. But knowing you, it's probably sumthin' else. :)

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Well BeatsMe, I am indeed sure it's not Pilates. It's a very ancient form of exercise and it requires a lot of water too. This exercise involves all the muscles of the body and when you are involved in it, rhythmic breathing occurs automatically!

      I am sure you know all about it! Beats you? :)

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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, are you sure you're not already doing Pilates? It does involve the muscles of the entire body. Anyway, it is a lot like yoga. A little different but a lot like it. Best of luck on your workout. Cheers.

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      Sounds really interesting. Must check this out. Right now I am involved a workout which involves the muscles of the entire body. I guess "Pilates" may have some similarities.

      Cheers!