Many people fail to grasp what Pilates is all about. If you're interested in gaining the benefits from this exercise, it's important to have all the facts to hand. Discover the truth about these 5 Pilates myths.
Pilates and yoga are often intertwined, and although they both connect the mind and body while improving flexibility and strength, some key differences exist between the two. The exercises used in Pilates are different to those used in yoga, as are the breathing techniques and movements.
Whilst both do work the whole body, yoga generally consists of a series of postures with the aim of holding these still. Whereas Pilates focuses on movement with every move originating from the core and as such strengthening the abdominal muscles is key.
With emphasis on strengthening abdominal and pelvic muscles, it's easy to see why many people assume Pilates is an exercise aimed at women. However, many males include Pilates in their exercise repertoire, often combining it with cardio and weight training. Indeed, Pilates was invented by a man!
You may have heard that you need (expensive) equipment, such as a Wunda chair or a Reformer, to take up Pilates, but this isn't necessarily the case. You can complete movements using just a mat, so there's no need for further investment.
We find a lot of our clients do enjoy the additional challenge when they work with 'small equipment' items such as a resistance band, an inflatable ball, a foam roller or a circle or even handheld weights.
Pilates may conjure up images of young, fit people who boast enduring flexibility, but this exercise suits people of any age, level of fitness and flexible strength. In fact, it's helpful in recovery from injuries, and in the management of symptoms associated with arthritis, knee complaints and scoliosis. We also work with people living with Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis.
If you're looking to take up Pilates with the sole intention of losing weight, it's important to bear in mind that this activity alone won't be enough to shed those all-important calories. You'll need to combine it with other exercises, such as running or cycling, for sustained and noticeable weight loss.
Having said that, Pilates is fantastic at improving your strength, range of motion and flexibility, so whether you intend to lose weight or not, it's an invaluable exercise to include in your health and fitness routine.
If you would like to learn more about how the Pilates Foundry can help you reach your health and fitness goals, we invite you to get in touch. You can contact us by email.
At The Pilates Foundry we offer tailor-made classes to suit all levels and abilities. And through our Facebook Group Foundry Nation, we are introducing an international community of people like you to Pilates online.