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Pilates is a physical fitness system that was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, that Pilates famously said was way ahead of its time. Pilates was inspired by yoga, martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, wrestling, and bodybuilding, and his method - which he named 'Contrology' - includes Eastern and Western fitness concepts together.
Pilates is a form of body conditioning that focuses on strengthening the core. The regimen encompasses hundreds of exercises that simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles. This body of movement relies on the principle that before working the peripheral parts of the body, the core needs to be strong and stable. The eight principles of Pilates are whole body movement, breathing, balanced muscle development, concentration, control, centering, precision and rhythm.
The focus in Pilates is on the ‘Powerhouse,’ or deepest abdominal musculature, working the rest of the body as it radiates from this central core. There is a complete repertoire of Pilates exercises done on the mat, but most popular are the exercises preformed on the Pilates apparatus - the reformer, cadillac, and wunda chair (all using the tension of heavy springs as resistance), and the ladder barrel and spine corrector (using a unique shape of an arc to better preform certain exercises), and a few more - all equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. Consistent sessions on the apparatus help clients develop balance and stabilization within their core. This leads to improved strength, flexibility, stamina and function. And soon after, improvements in overall health and wellness.
Pilates exercise stresses oppositional movement. Movement in one direction is lengthened and controlled into the next, while antagonistic muscles stabilize. This simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of the muscles creates energy and improves range of motion and function.
Pilates requires mental focus and concentration. As clients embrace the Pilates discipline, executing each exercise with precision and control, their bodies will improve and the mind will sharpen.