What is the basic principle behind Pilates' workout style?
There are so many workout strategies out there. But what keeps on poppoing ouit is Pilates. What makes this style different from others?
Pilates is a fitness program with physical and mental objectives. Its founder, Joseph Pilates, believed that one can take control of the muscles through the mind. He named this system "contrology." Pilates helps attain flexibility and strenghtening of the muscles through the use of varied equipment, helping tone the abdomen, hips, arms and back. It also helps improve coordination and balance. Pilates teaches adequate breathing techniques to allow the adequate flow of oxygen to the muscles.
Pilates is a total body workout based on CORE, balance and proprioception (muscle recruitment).
Pilates has, during the last few decades, become one of the most popular forms of exercise. Whether all exercise sold as Pilates today is true to the original system invented by Joseph Pilates (born in Germany in 1883) is questionable.
Quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates#Legal_action:
"In recent years the term “Pilates” has entered the mainstream. Following an unsuccessful intellectual property lawsuit, a US federal court ruled the term “Pilates” generic and free for unrestricted use. As a result, anyone, trained or untrained, can offer “Pilates” as a service to the public. Consequently, people may face extensive and conflicting information about what Pilates is, how it works, and what credentials they should seek in an instructor."
According to Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen Pilates who published the first modern book on Pilates, "The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning", in 1980, the Pilates method of exercise is based on the following six basic principles:
Those six pilates principles could easily be used to describe the principles of many kinds of yoga as well.The main difference between yoga and Pilates is that Pilates uses various type of equipment for resistance training.
Pilates is a form of exercise that has gained notoriety in the recent years. In the developed world, Pilates has been embraced by people from all walks of life.
The principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flowing movement are comparable to those of yoga. There are some basic principles of pilates.
Pilates is the Mind Body Connection. To find out more about principles, have a look at this article"
http://pilatesandyogafitness.com/pilate … onnection/
In addition to all the responses below, I would add that Pilates is a whole body/mind exercise that is designed not only for building and strengthing of muscles, but working the entire body inside and out while developing a muscle mind connection. When you get finished with a Pilates workout, not only do you feel a sense of strength from what you've done, but you feel as though you've done something good for your joints, muscles, and mind in such a way that you feel good inside and out.
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