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Getting Started in Pilates

Pilates is an effective practice with an impressive variety of benefits. Whether you’re looking to build strength, endurance, mobility or improve your overall health, Pilates has much to offer. If you’re interested in beginning Pilates but don’t know where to start, here are some things to keep in mind as you embark on your exciting new journey!

AN ADAPTABLE WORKOUT METHOD

The Pilates method is designed to enhance the mind-body connection through intelligent, adaptable movement and breathwork. With its attention to alignment and modification encouragement, Pilates caters to each unique practitioner’s body.  This makes it a fantastic form of exercise for a wide variety of people. 

The exercise also offers room for growth in which participants can pursue their goals, adjust the level of intensity, and find their personal level of challenge. Pilates is not just for dancers, celebrities, or athletes. Pilates is a comprehensive form of exercise that can be approachable and appropriate for all levels. This adaptability drives the flourishing practice’s consistent success. 

Pilates is also low-impact which makes it a fantastic workout if you’re looking for movement that is gentle on the joints. This element of injury prevention and the exercise’s versatility has made it popular in the physical therapy and injury rehabilitation community. 

“Here we have three people performing Pilates exercises on Reformers.”

BENEFITS OF PILATES

Pilates has earned its reputation and remains a staple in the fitness and wellness community through it’s powerful results and practical role in movement for all bodies. When regularly practiced, Pilates has a remarkable array of benefits including:

  • Increased strength 
  • Improved posture
  • Better coordination and balance
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved stability
  • Better Focus
  • Enhanced body awareness and mind-body connection
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Better breathing
  • Reduced stress and anxiety

Pilates is popular for not only its effects on the body, but also it’s mindful approach. These physical, mental, and emotional benefits offer a balanced and improved quality of life.

GETTING STARTED

So, how do you get started in this innovative exercise method? Luckily, there are many resources online and in-person due to the workout’s popularity. You can find pre-recorded classes, live virtual instruction through trainers or studios, and other online options that make exercising at home simple and convenient.

For those looking for some hands-on assistance, Pilates is commonly offered at Pilates and yoga focused studios as well as some gyms. Or you may even find a private trainer who does in-home training and get the best of both worlds!

Some practitioners prefer this one-on-one attention through private training while others might like a group or class setting. For those who prefer moving on their own, online resources and home equipment make it easier than ever!

“Here we have a woman  performing a Pilates exercise as a trainer guides her.”

PILATES EQUIPMENT

You may also be wondering about equipment you often see used in Pilates classes. The creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, invented apparatuses such as the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and more. These devices were designed to enhance Pilates, support the body, and complement his movement method. Over time more equipment and accessories have emerged through modern Pilates to offer diversity and ample support for the user. 

Pilates focuses on form and these useful tools provide challenging and exciting ways to execute the exercises. These machines and props play an important role and offer benefits such as increased resistance, alignment assistance, multi-plane movement, flexibility enhancement, and versatility to name a few. With Pilates equipment you can dial the intensity of any session up or down to suit your specific needs.

GREAT FOR ALL LEVELS

Sometimes approaching a new workout can feel overwhelming, but Pilates was designed with versatility and all levels in mind. No matter your fitness experience or background, Pilates has ample benefits and resources to support you!