Pilates was developed in the early 1920s by a physical trainer named Joseph Pilates. It is a form of exercise which he created for the purposes of rehabilitation, and its primary focus is on enhancing the flexibility, strength, and body awareness without actually bulking up. This rehabilitation method has been used by dancers such as Martha Graham, and George Balanchine and has also been used by many fitness experts.
As previously stated, Pilates puts emphasis on enhancing the flexibility, strength, and body awareness without actually bulking the body up. The basic of the Pilate routine is to use controlled movements while exercising. There is specific exercise equipment that has been designed with the Pilate routine in mind. This equipment has been made to be spring resistant. Some of the equipment includes the following:
• Spine Corrector
• Wunda Chari
• Ladder Barrel
In addition, there are various balls and mats which are routinely used in this non aerobic method of exercise. In other words, those who engage in this type of exercise will not see an increase in their heart rate.
When in a class where there is an instructor leading, the instructor will usually attempt to get the students to focus on muscles which fall in the core muscle group. Areas such as the pelvis, the spine, hips, and abdomen, are considered to be in the core muscle group. Focusing on these areas are core elements to the Pilates exercise method. Something else that will be focused in upon should be muscle contraction and proper breathing. Instead of putting primary focus on how many exercises you do, you should instead concentrate on the quality of the movements you make.
Those who train properly using the Pilates exercise methods will soon be walking around town, sucking in their stomachs, and they won’t even know they are doing it, nor will they be holding their breath, and not long after that they will be sporting a flatter, stronger abdomen area of the body. This is because Pilates focuses on the controlled movement of the muscles in the abdomen.
Pilates is something to look into if you need an exercise routine that is not only low impact, but extremely safe to perform. It is an excellent form of exercise for those who may have heart conditions, such as strokes or previous heart attacks, or other physical ailments which prevent rigorous exercise.
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