Getting Started with Your Pilates Practice: Everything You Need To Know about pilates

Getting Started with Your Pilates Practice: Everything You Need To Know about pilates

 

Are you thinking about trying Pilates? 

Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole, focusing on the core, lower body, and upper body while promoting flexibility, balanced muscles development and posture.  If you’re intrigued by Pilates, but don’t know what it is or where to start, we’re here to break it down for you so you can walk into your pilates practice with confidence.


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a strength-based workout that uses body weight and springs for resistance. Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates and brought to the states in the 1920s. Joseph Pilates first created the mat work and then realizing that many people needed help to do the mat he created the equipment: Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels, and more!

 

The exercises are designed to balance the body and leave no muscle untouched. In every Pilates session, you should feel your whole body has been strengthened. If you do Pilates consistently you will notice improved strength, flexibility, better posture, and endurance.

what are the main benefits?

Pilates comes with many benefits, but here are the 4 main ones. Check out our blog on The top 40 pilate benefits for even more.

Stronger core and better posture
In each Pilates workout you will find that by engaging the core muscles with every repetition you will stabilize the spine, improving the way you sit, stand and move.

Increased muscle strength and flexibility
You can eliminate muscle imbalances in the body by using carefully chosen Pilates exercises that target weak or inflexible muscles.

Improved joint mobility
Pilates exercises will get you moving your joints through a healthy range of motion on a regular basis, so this will help you move more easily all the time, in your everyday life.

Heightened sense of wellbeing
As you concentrate fully on each Pilates exercise your mind will become better connected to your body and your overall feelings of wellness will increase.


What equipment do you need?

 If you have the space and means then getting a Reformer, Tower Unit or Wunda Chair for your house is great! But, some of us don’t have space for a home Pilates studio, so finding a studio to go to regularly for equipment is good too. For a home mat practice you’ll want a mat, if your floors are hard, you’ll want something thicker than a yoga mat. Also, consider a Magic Circle, some one or two pound weights and a Theraband. You can do mat classes at home with online classes - check out the events tab.

 

the Different Types of Pilates Classes

CLASSICAL PILATES 

This type of Pilates normally takes place in a studio, If you want to discover the foundation of Pilates, this is a great place to start. 

REFORMER PILATES 

This type of Pilates uses a Reformer machine. The Reformer machine looks like a bed with springs, and it's made of a sliding carriage, ropes, and a pulley. the machine can be used for all kinds of different exercises

This type of Pilates focuses on core strength and muscle engagement. It can help you improve your athletic performance, recover from injury, improve your balance, and lose weight. 

 

WINSOR PILATES 

This type of Pilates places a focus on weight loss and body sculpting. 

 

How Is Pilates Different Than Yoga? 

One of the main differences between Yoga and Pilates is that Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints. Whereas Pilates focuses on trying to relax muscles which are tense and provide strengthening of the numerous muscles of the body.Both Pilates and yoga are exercises designed to build strength and improve flexibility. Yoga and Pilates are both good for weight loss, so with this being said, Pilates and yoga comes down to personal preference and whichever gets you most excited to workout.


Are You Ready to Try Pilates? 

Now that you've read this beginner's guide, it's time to give Pilates a go. If you're looking to give Pilates a try, be sure to check out our events page.