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Pilates Facts

Pilates has become quite the popular workout phenomenon of late but there are still things about it that are confusing to some.  We’ll take a look at what Pilates is and the myths surrounding it.

Back in the 1920s a German researcher named Joseph Pilates came up with an exercise regimen he developed to help injured dancers and athletes.  Based in part on yoga, these exercises targeted the abdominal core musculature.  This specific targeting allowed for better strength of those muscles, the alignment of the pelvis as well as the spine.  It worked.  For almost a century now Pilates has grown in popularity and Pilates spas have popped up just about everywhere.  People have some assumptions about Pilates that needs to be addressed so that they better comprehend what the regimens do and do not.

Pilates Is Yoga -  No, Pilates is nowhere near yoga.  Yoga is over 5,000 years old and is comprised of a series of exercises to build strength, clear the mind and increase meditation and alleviate stress.  Yoga is far more extensive and doesn’t use devices such as the Cadillac which is a series of pulleys that Pilates does.  Pilates has far fewer movements than yoga as it’s only designed for a specific purpose and that again is building core abdominal muscles, aligning the pelvis and spine and bringing greater flexibility.  Although the extra benefits are stress relief and clarity of mind to name a few just like yoga.

Pilates Helps Lose Weight – Not really, although it does burn calories, Pilates isn’t designed for weight loss.  Anytime you build muscle the muscle itself will burn calories, however, Pilates isn’t a high impact aerobic workout so it doesn’t burn enough calories to be considered a weight loss regimien.  Muscle burns calories naturally.  After any muscle building workout calories will continue to burn for hours.  That’s what muscle does.  Since Pilates does indeed build muscle that benefit is there but minimally.

Only Women Do Pilates – Wrong!  Pilates is for everyone including men.  More men have been benefiting from Pilates because the exercise regimen has proven itself over and over again.  Remember, Pilates was invented by a man and its first practitioners were men athletes and dancers.  Actually men might need Pilates more than women as men engage in more physical labor and sports requiring upper body strength which can be compromised by misaligned spines and pelvises.  Men benefit by getting those core muscles in shape and this prevents the slips and injuries they might incur in sports or work or general activity.  Pilates is definitely not for women only.

Pilates Is An Overall Strength Builder -  In part yes, but only in regards to the core abdominal muscles and skeletal muscles needed for alignment of the pelvis and spine.  You won’t turn into a body builder using Pilates and it’s not designed for that.  Pilates is specific, it gets the job done and magnificently so but for only those targeted muscle groups.  Most of all you’ll get well stretched muscles and flexibility and good breath control.  It will make you stronger but only in the areas it’s engineered for.

So those are some of the myths surrounding Pilates that hopefully have been clarified.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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