Pilates for Beginners… If you have never tried Pilates before and you’re not even sure how to pronounce it for that matter, never fear because it is a form of exercise that is very user friendly and easy to learn. It is also radically effective and you will feel muscles in your body you never knew existed! But don’t worry, that’s a good thing 😉 . Pilates is extremely suitable for beginners and I’m going to tell you why.
The History Of Pilates
It has only been in recent years that Pilates has grown in popularity in the mainstream fitness industry, but it has actually been around for a very long time!! German born Joseph Pilates created the concept to help his own childhood ailments and refined his exercises as an adult to maintain strength, fitness and a stronger immune system, especially during WWI.
It wasn’t until he was stationed in a war hospital that he enabled bedridden patients to exercise against resistance by rigging springs and cables to their hospital beds. A few years later his specialised exercise method gained popularity amongst the dance community and elite ballet dances found his core conditioning & low impact muscle strengthening exercises beneficial for their stability, posture and in the prevention and rehabilitation from injury.
The Elite’s Exercise
During the 80s his methods were introduced to the Hollywood scene and Pilates gained a broader following as celebrities and professional athletes got on board. From there it has taken off globally into the Pilates Reformer and Matwork format that we know today, which has made it much more accessible for anyone at any level to participate in, not just the elite 🙂
Not Just Physical
Something to be aware of before starting, is that Pilates exercises are designed to engage the body and mind as a whole. Pilates brings you very much into the present moment with a sense of being aware of not only the movement and breathing pattern, but of your posture, the isolation of particular muscle groups and body position too.
Knowing the basic principles of pilates will help you get the most of your class and should be applied to all areas of pilates movement. These are:
Using the Pilates Principles helps us to channel our full attention into the exercises we do. It enables us to switch off from everything else around us and feel invigorated in the process. Your instructor will guide you so that these principles are taken into consideration during your class.
Pilates is great for beginners. It’s accessible to all people, of all fitness levels and has a very strong sense of structure. With this approach, it enables you to get the most out of your workout because it allows you to focus solely on the exercise at hand. This gives you better physical results and better mental control. So, what are you waiting for? I hope you enjoy your first Pilates class as much as I did…
Are you new to pilates? Call or email us to find the right class and location for you. Joining the Rebalance Family means more than just a workout. We care about your wellbeing and have a supportive environment. We prioritise your wellbeing and provide a sanctuary for you to come and relax. Workout. But workout with purpose with us!
Written by Lucy Chatfield – Mansfield & Redcliffe Manager