What is Pilates?
Pilates (Puh-la-tees) is an innovative form of fitness designed by Joseph Pilates over 100 years ago. The principles are based on breathing, concentration, centering, control, precision and flow for optimal symmetry and coordination of the body and of the mind. Resistance is created by springs, the apparatus, one's own body weight, and the structure of the exercises. The idea is to create a balanced and sound body and mind to house a sound spirit--one that is ready and recovered from life’s struggles. With regular practice, Pilates creates a symmetrically efficient body that supports everything from daily tasks to elite level sports. Continually addressing discrepancies within the body and the ability to control the placement in all movements keeps Pilates endlessly challenging.
There are several main pieces of equipment originally designed and constructed by Joseph Pilates. The largest equipment is the Cadillac with its bed framed by a metal tower where the entire body can be worked in endless movements and positions whether standing, kneeling, lying down or even hanging upside down and whether on the inside or outside of the apparatus.
The most commonly used is the Reformer (seen in the picture to the left) whose bed slides up/down or in/out within the frame and utilizes straps, springs, and a bar to create even more exercises for the entire body lying down, sitting, kneeling, standing or on hands and legs. The challenge to maintain good form and proper execution is increased while the carriage moves back and forth with each movement. The Reformer can be even more effective for those with physical inabilities or upright challenges because it has the bed and springs to help support the body while doing leg, arm, abdominal and back work. This gives range of motion to those who otherwise would not be able to strengthen or stretch those parts of their body properly.
The smallest is the Wunda Chair, originally designed for the dual purpose of an ergonomic yet beautiful piece of home furnishing that turns into an effective piece of Pilates exercise equipment. Though smaller in size, it has some of the most challenging exercises for the whole body especially those integrating the entire body working together to execute a movement.
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