There's a lot more to it then just the hundred!
Pilates. We have probably all heard of it, many of us have tried it and we probably all know someone who swears by it, but what actually is it?
One of the most effective statement of Pilates and what actually is, comes from Brooke Siler's "The Pilates Body" and she quotes the following:
"The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed over ninety years ago by Joseph Pilates".
Now this gives a clear simple description of Pilates. It's this method which makes Pilates unique and it's this method that makes Pilates so much more than just a standard exercise class.
So what is this system?
Well this would be what's known as the Pilates principles. These principles vary from class to class, from training school to training school, but the following are the ones that I have found to be the most effective. I've put a short description next to them, but in the future I will do a separate article for each going into more detail:
Its worth noting that initially it is better to learn these principles on there own, as they can be quite challenging. Once we have a good concept of them, we can then start applying them to our Pilates exercises to give us the full benefit.
From experience we know the exercises alone (the hundred, swan dive etc) only have restricted success if performed without the principles. Once we can learn and apply the method to any of the exercises, then the results will be more far more effective, beneficial and pain free (as all Pilates exercises should be).
Siler, B. 2000. The Pilates Body, 1
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