WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a known for being a low-impact workout that emphasises core strength, flexibility, body alignment and strength. It focuses on optimising your body imbalances. The goal with the Pilates is to gain better body control, to balance the body and build longer leaner muscles. Pilates is for anyone wanting to perfect their posture and who is looking for a workout that does the magic without stressful music and a high tempo (HIIT). Although some Pilates studios also offers the later, classic Pilates allows you to wind down before a stressful day is about to take off.
HOW TO PRACTICE PILATES?
In classic Pilates there are over 500 exercises that help you shape your body. The exercises can be made on a mat, similar to a Yoga mat, or on specific Pilates machines, the most common Pilates machines are called – reformer, cadillac and wunda chair. You can view Pilates exercises with prominent Pilates instructors that Pebbles Pilates has a collaboration with under our Pilates Blog.
THE HISTORY & BENEFITS OF PILATES
The first Pilates studio was opened up back in 1926 by Joseph Pilates, in New York. Today the number of new studios opening up are growing around the world. Only in the popular area of Tribeca in New York, there are five studios in a four block-radius, according to an article in Vogue Magazine published the 7th of January 2020.
It seems like slowing down the workout, and becoming more focused on your body and muscle engagement, may be just what we need in times when other things around us are spinning faster and faster. We have to turn to our inside and work our way to the outside. That is exactly what Pilates does. Pilates works from inside-out.
There is no better feeling to feel the deep muscle engagement when working in the Pilates reformer, feeling the deep pelvic floor connection, feeling how you elongate and stretch your body, and how it all helps in order to build a stronger and leaner body that will better take you through the day. There is a famous quote from Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates: “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”
Joseph Pilates also claims to have quoted: “In 10 Pilates sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.”
Pilates is usually associated with dancers, celebrities and models, but Pilates is for anyone, and for all ages. It is for the one who wants to strengthen their body and gain better body control. Pilates pays much attention on the core, back and pelvis.
Apart from owning Pebbles Pilates which sells sportswear, I also teach Pilates one-on-one. And my clients range from 16 years old – to pregnant women – to healthy and athletic women – to 80 years old women. Pilates does not have an age, and the beautiful thing about Pilates, is that you can increase or decrease the level of intensity depending on the individual’s goal. But, you will always work on body control, balance, flexibility and building those longer leaner muscles.
Find a Pilates Studio in Your City!
The number of Pilates studios are growing and one reason for that may be because it is such a good workout for strengthening the back and gaining better body control. As stated above, only in Tribeca, NYC there are five Pilates studios within a four block-radius.
The first Pilates studio opened up in New York, but today you will find Pilates studios all around the world. Most of the big cities have them. You will find Pilates studios i Paris, Pilates studios in Milan, Pilates studios in Stockholm, Pilates studios in Chicago, Pilates studios i Los Angeles, Pilates studios in San Francisco, Pilates studios in Berlin, Pilates studios in Hong Kong, Pilates studios in Shanghai, Pilates studios in London, Pilates studios in Seattle, Pilates studios in Toronto, Pilates studios in Gothenburg and the list can go on.
What to Wear to a Pilates Class?
Ever wonder what the typical Pilates outfit is? If you are new to Pilates you may wonder how you should get dressed when hitting the Pilates studio. When it comes to Pilates, you want to make sure you have clothes that are allowing you to stay present in your workout.
Bare in mind that when you practice Pilates, you do it either on a mat or on specific Pilates machines. You do not want to wear sportswear that can get stuck in the machines. Therefore, it is suggested to have specific Pilates sportswear that feels soft towards your skin with a slight hug feel against the body. Sportswear that complements the female body, and allow you to feel empowered and present in your workout. You do not need shoes when practicing Pilates, but it can be nice with specific Pilates socks.
What are Pilates Exercises?
Within classic Pilates there are over 500 Pilates exercises. During the years Pilates has evolved along with new science about the workout and body movement. Along with that, there has been an increase in various Pilates certifications. It is important to make sure when you start practicing Pilates to find a Pilates education that you believe in and find Pilates instructors and studios that have valid Pilates certifications.
Most of the certifications build on classic Pilates, but with slight modifications due to new research on the body movement and anatomy.
PRACTICE PILATES ONLINE
Check our Pilates blog where we have teamed up with Pilates instructors around the world, in order to inspire you to get going with your Pilates, either at home, or at your Pilates studio.