What the Heck IS Pilates Anyway!?

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Best Brief Explanation of Pilates Ever!

This is from the long-time Pilates instructor and one of today’s Pilates leaders, Marguerite Ogle, former Pilates Expert at About.com.

As a Pilates teacher for many years I can attest to how difficult it is to say anything briefly about Pilates because its benefits are many, there are many exercises and there are many variations and fusions of the basic original method. Though the exercises are simple and easy to learn, it’s not simple to talk about which is why it’s rare to find a Pilates instructor who is experienced enough to talk about it and teach it in simple terms.

Marguerite is one of these rare few!

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What Is the Pilates Method of Exercise?

Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.

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Pilates is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country.

It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.

The top benefits doing of Pilates exercise that people report are that they become stronger, longer, leaner, and more able to do anything with grace and ease.

Do I Need Equipment to Do Pilates?

Pilates is an Adaptable Method

Modification is the key to Pilates exercise success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.

Core Strength

Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.

As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently….

For 5 more fascinating aspects that set Pilates apart from all other exercises go to http://pilates.about.com/od/whatispilates/a/WhatIsPilates.htm.

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