Pilates Method exercise is designed to give you a leaner, stronger, healthier body that is flexible and pain-free. Over time, the consistent practice of Pilates can completely transform your body, give you more energy, and greatly improve your health.
“After 10 sessions you’ll feel a difference, after 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and after 30 sessions everyone will see a difference .”
– Joseph Pilates (creator of the Pilates Method)
What is Pilates exercise?
Pilates exercise is a form of isometric exercise developed and practiced to simultaneously stretch, strengthen, tone, and align the body, while eliminating excess tension and strain on the joints. Pilates-style workouts have been used by dancers and athletes for decades.
Pilates exercise is designed to:
- improve posture, balance, and coordination
- Build strength without “bulking up”
- Increase flexibility and agility
- Develop optimal core control
- Create flat abdominals, slender thighs and a strong back
- Provide a refreshing mind-body workout
How Do I Get Started with Pilates Method Exercise?
The best way to learn Pilates exercise is to take a class at your local gym/studio or hire a personal instructor, which usually costs $50 – $200 per hour. Once you learn how to do the moves, you’ll be able to do many of them on your own.
There are also some very good beginner’s Pilates videos available. You can find most of them online. As you get more advanced, you may want to invest in some good Pilates equipment, which you can find at specialty fitness equipment stores, both online and offline.
Remember, performing Pilates exercise can strengthen, lengthen, stretch, balance, tone, relax AND energize your body in a short amount of time. But you must perform the exercises at least 2 times per week in order to see significant results. The great thing about Pilates exercise is that, once you learn to do the movements well, you’ll actually look forward to your workouts!
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