Understand the Basics of Pilates

Posted 18 January 2022

If you have never tried Pilates before, you may not fully understand what Pilates entails and the types of rewards it offers. There are many misconceptions around what Pilates is and what it can do for you – in fact, many people still can’t tell the difference between Yoga and Pilates, or realise that Pilates is a tried and tested exercise method!

Understanding the basics of Pilates can help you make an informed choice about your workout methods and routines. Let’s take a look at what Pilates is, how it works, and why you should try it…

The Pilates Method

Pilates is an exercise system that was developed by Joseph Pilates, an innovative physical trainer who wanted to create a workout method that would enhance the body’s natural range of movement. You might recognise some of Pilates’ basic principles from Yoga (which you may be familiar with), but the two methods are not identical.

Joseph Pilates also created special machines, such as the reformer, for his exercise routines, which can be found in modern Pilates studios today. These machines use springs or rubber tubing attached to the ceiling or walls, which allows you to perform the exercises effectively. Stabilisation – one of the key elements of Pilates exercises, which helps you to prevent injury – is obtained by using these machines.

Performing Pilates routines can have a hugely beneficial effect on your overall fitness level and physical condition. When you perform basic Pilates movements, for example, you are strengthening the body’s core muscle groups (which include abdominals, back muscles and obliques). A strong core has many benefits; it improves posture, balance and agility, prevents lower back pain, enhances breathing control during intense workouts or athletic events, and aids weight loss.

Pilates also works on enhancing flexibility through its range of movements – this enables your body to be more elastic and better able to cope with changes in temperature, humidity and therefore your physical activities. One of the best benefits of Pilates is that you can perform a huge variety of exercises on different machines or by following different routines – this means you can find a workout method to suit every lifestyle, schedule and fitness level.

Understand the Basics of Pilates - member at Club Pilates doing Pilates

What Does Pilates Require?

Pilates requires discipline and dedication – just like any other workout routine. However, many people find that these factors come naturally when they start seeing results from their workouts. As well as helping you to look and feel better, Pilates can help reduce stress levels, promote emotional stability, build muscle tone and increase energy levels.

All in all, Pilates is a great workout method which can be tailored to suit your lifestyle and fitness goals – so there’s no reason not to give it a try! Modern studios like Club Pilates have an array of Pilates equipment to diversify your workout and keep it challenging. All you’ll need are some comfortable workout clothes and a pair of Pilates socks to get started!

Types of Pilates Classes and Workouts

Now that you understand the basics and benefits of Pilates as a workout method, perhaps you’re curious to know what types of workouts are available. The truth is that there’s no standard Pilates routine; class types depend on the purpose of your workout and the equipment used.

However, our instructors will always provide a warm up, main section, and cool down so your body can prepare for and recover from exercise effectively. There are a number of different types of classes available…

These use only your bodyweight as resistance during exercises – this requires very little equipment! These classes focus on toning the abdomen, arms, buttocks and legs through airflow breathing techniques and basic movements. As all mat-based workouts require nothing but a mat and a little floor space, they are very accessible and can be enjoyed by people of all fitness levels.

Reformer classes need the use of a special equipment designed for Pilates workouts – the reformer machine. This equipment consists of two main parts: a long bench which slides along metal tracks, and a high-tech control panel with springs attached to it that allow you to add extra resistance during your workout. The springs can be adjusted using the control panel in different ways before each exercise, depending on how much help you require from them.

These machines also incorporate two types of seats: one for ‘rolling’ exercises (whereby you sit on the bench and roll back and forth over its length), and one for lying exercises (whereby you lie on your back and use the apparatus to perform other movements).

Pilates Chair Classes

These classes use a deliberately short, flat bench which requires you to sit throughout all Pilates exercises. This is because sitting correctly helps to place emphasis on core stability – building strength in the muscles of the lower back, abdomen and buttocks that support good posture. Many people find that these workshops help reduce pain or discomfort caused by prolonged sedentary lifestyles or bad habits such as slouching while seated at a computer

These are just some common types of Pilates workout sessions – no matter what class type you choose, each instructor will look after your form so you get the most out of every session!

Pilates Equipment for Strength and Stamina - members of Club Pilates using Pilates equipment

Why Try Pilates Instead of Other Exercise Methods?

Pilates is an effective workout method which does not require you to use heavy gym equipment or perform any high-impact or strenuous exercises. Because of this, it’s a great exercise option if your muscles are sore or stiff – Pilates helps you to stretch and strengthen them without straining them further.

Pilates also employs breathing techniques during workouts, which can help to enhance both performance and recovery times… meaning that doing Pilates before bed could be the perfect prelude to some good sleep!

If you want more information about how Pilates can benefit your health, contact us today at Club Pilates. We have over several studios around Queensland with more on the way, so be sure to find your local Club Pilates to get started on your new workout routine.