Pilates is one of the most effective workouts in today’s fitness market. Dramatically transforming the way your body looks, feels and performs, it builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. Pilates helps build a strong core that strengthens your back and gives practitioners a new found flexibility that helps to protect from future injuries.
The body and mind connection that exists when practicing Pilates allows for the body to become more in tune with functioning as a whole and therefore allows the body to function more efficiently.
Development of Core Strength
Your abs, oblique’s and back muscles are considered your “core” as they are responsible for supporting your back, posture and movement. When these muscles are strengthened through Pilates it allows for the rest of your body, such as your neck and shoulders, to function properly by relieving them of the additional stress caused by poor core strength.
Through the practice of Pilates an individual learns how to properly move their body when exercising. Pilates helps train the body to work in unison as a whole instead of just training muscles in isolation.
Practicing the fundamental Pilates exercises allows the body to move more freely and having proper alignment positively affects the body’s posture.
Practicing Pilates helps to train the body to become more flexible and makes the muscles longer and leaner in a safe and controlled manner over time.
The physical activity of Pilates keeps your body active and allows your mood and energy level to improve. It is also very beneficial to your cardiovascular system.
About Joseph Pilates
During the 1920s, German-born Joseph H. Pilates developed the Pilates exercise system. His interest in physical fitness came from his determination to strengthen his body and improve his health after an unhealthy childhood. With a background in yoga, martial arts and Zen meditation, and with his success as a gymnast, diver and boxer, he was able to create a unique sequence of movements that worked the body and mind in harmony.
Joseph fine-tuned his wellness routine while interning in England during the First World War, saying it helped him and his co-workers resist an influenza epidemic. In 1926, Joseph and his wife opened a studio in New York where they trained many students in the Pilates method. After intense training, his students left and became instructors, further spreading the Pilates culture. Joseph Pilates passed away in 1967 at age 87. He had maintained a fit physique throughout his life, and many photos show that he was in remarkable physical condition in his older years.