Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and body awareness in order to support efficient graceful movement patterns. It builds strength without bulk, resulting in a long, lean toned body.
Pilates is an adaptable method where most of the classical exercises can be performed with modifications, which can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.
If practiced regularly, Pilates can transform the way your body looks, feels, and performs.
People rehabilitating from back and neck pain, joint problems, ante natal, and sports injuries are ideally suited for Pilates due to the low impact nature of the exercises. High level athletes, including racquet enthusiasts, runners, and golfers, will find the method challenging and varied, while also enabling them to establish a powerful core for improved sport performance.
Pilates Equipment vs. Pilates Matwork?
The ingenious pieces of equipment most commonly used in modern Pilates studios are the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel, and the Spine Corrector. There are 100’s of variations of exercises that are performed on these machines that are done lying down, sitting, and standing. The matwork consists of exercises done on a mat to strengthen the core and abdominals by challenging those muscles groups by using the weight of the extremities. There are a few exercises for the arms and legs in the matwork, but you would need to supplement this with specific strength training for the limbs. The equipment has much more variety and works the arms and legs as well as the core and abdominals. It gives feedback through resistance and allows most people to feel their core muscles more easily.