Pilates Fitness Training

pilates The Pilates system is a method of fitness training that focuses on stretching, strengthening and balancing the body. It is a fitness method that uses a system of specific exercises that is combined with focused breathing patterns. The exercises that the Pilates method uses help teach proper breathing awareness and spine alignment. The exercises also aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.

History

The Pilates system of fitness training was first developed by Joseph Pilates sometime during the First World War. Its aim was to help improve the rehabilitation program for the returning war veterans.

The regimen proposed the use of a few and precise movements with more emphasis on control and form to help injured soldiers to regain strengthening and stabilizing key muscles.

Use of the Mind

Joseph Pilates called this exercise method as Contrology since he believed that this method makes use of the mind to control the muscles. The aim was to allow the mind and the body to work together to allow movements that are done with economy, grace and balance.

It is important in the Pilates system that practitioners to always pay close attention to the body as it moves when doing the exercises.

Importance of Breathing

Joseph Pilates believed that good blood circulation is important to have a healthy body. The blood should circulate properly in order to awaken the cells in the body as well as to perform better in getting rid of waste products that is usually related to fatigue. For the blood to do its work properly, it needs to rich in oxygen and freed of waste gases which Pilates believed can be done through proper breathing.

Proper inhalation and exhalation practices are an important part in doing Pilates exercise. If at one point you stop breathing during a certain exercise, then there is an error in its proper practice.

Core Strengthening

Pilates also focuses on strengthening the group of muscles located in the center of the body, usually referred to as the core. This group includes the abdomen, hips, lower back and the buttocks. The Pilates exercises aim to build a more powerful core, where the body’s energy is said to come from.