Is Pilates the Right Fit For You?

In Pilates by Asad Kothari

Pilates has taken the fitness world by storm globally. No fitness center is complete without some form of Pilates being offered at the facility. A fairly more contemporary form of exercise as compared to yoga and Tai chi, Pilates was developed in the 1920s to cater to the needs of those who needed physical rehabilitation. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the United States, initially to treat those with injuries and physical challenges, it soon became popular amongst celebrities of that time. Originally Pilates aimed to focus on breathing, focusing on connecting the body and mind through physical moves and precision of movement. The same principles still apply today even after the evolution of the exercise method. Pilates consists of mat exercises, the original Pilates equipment exercises and the newer power Pilates that is done with equipment introduced in more recent times.

Choosing the right studio for Pilates

It might seem like every studio is equipped for Pilates because it seems less demanding equipment wise, however that is a big misconception. A well-equipped studio has the safe and appropriate equipment, a certified and experienced trainer and enough space to let you and other people achieve their physical optimum. Within Pilates there are different instructors who have specialized in different areas such as prenatal, physical therapy, and cancer, so if you are looking for something specific make sure you talk to the instructors about exactly what you are looking for.

Where should I start?

Mat classes are a good place to start if you are new to fitness or have some physical difficulty. A mat class incorporates all the fundamental movements and Pilates principles and is a great way to learn the basics. Once you are comfortable with the basic exercises it is much easier to transition into using the Pilates equipment. Pilates equipment is different from anything you see at the gym because it was designed especially for Pilates. With unusual names like Cadillac, Wunda and the Reformer, the equipment is quite simple to use once you have been trained well by your instructor. Most Pilates exercises focus on working the whole body so that you can build strength and use all of your body to the best of its individual abilities.

Pilates is suitable for seniors, beginners at the gym, fitness freaks and also for expectant mothers. Most exercises can be toned down to suit your physical fitness level. It is important to keep in touch with your instructor if you want Pilates to really improve your physical fitness. Talk to them about your physical needs, any specific condition you have or something you want to improve. It is highly advisable to wear clothes that will allow you to be flexible and comfortable while doing Pilates but at the same time not be loose. It is also important to know that to gain full benefits from Pilates you should attend classes at least twice a week. Fitness Nation offers Pilates at its well-equipped fitness center in Bedford and Arlington, TX and is dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals. Come in and experience the Pilates class at Fitness Nation with a free one day pass!