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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:22 pm
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
We are tired of such misleading advertisements on the internet about Pilates. If you didn’t know this already, let me tell you that Pilates is not a form of yoga. It is a system by itself developed by Joseph Pilates who was a physicist. He infused his belief that both mental and physical health is interrelated in Pilates. Did you know that only a very few were allowed to practice this form of exercise, that too confined in specialized studios?

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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Pilates is all about achieving the right method in your exercise. Now you all must know that Pilates and mats go hand in hand. Traditionally there was a lot of use of chairs and tables. In the contemporary version of Pilates we’ve seen a lot of use of rollers, exercise balls, rotating disks and resistance bands. But mind you– a mat is must and it is your best friend while practicing Pilates.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
And you thought Pilates was all about moving the limbs around in different motion? Pilates is all about precise movements and it demands a lot of concentration. As funny as it sounds, Pilates is based on the belief that ‘the way exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves’.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
When Joseph Pilates was working on developing Pilates as a system of physical fitness, he also termed it ‘Contrology’. Can you think of a reason why? It’s not rocket science. He believed that whoever is practicing Pilates should be in constant control of each and every movement. What’s the benefit? Experts say that it results in enhanced muscular control of the back, limbs and abdominal muscles.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
We are not talking about just ‘breathing’. Pilates involves slow movement and a series of exercises along with attention to proper breathing techniques. If you didn’t know, a lot of stress is laid on exhaling by wriggling out all the air from your lungs, while practicing Pilates. It is said to be much like ‘squeezing out a wet towel’. Any form of Pilates will not be complete without conscious breathing in and breathing out.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
Okay, here is the truth– there are basically two ways in which Pilates can be practised. Mat based Pilates involve a series of exercises done on the floor. The key here is to use the combination of gravity and your body weight to provide resistance to the muscles. Equipment based Pilates is exercise that incorporates the use of various equipments and weights for muscle training.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
If you are someone who likes to do everything the right way, Pilates is definitely for you. Right from the posture, the breathing, the movement, the number of repetitions, and the amount of energy that is spent– everything needs to be done in a precise manner. As you might know, there are thousands of books and videotapes out there in the market. We’d suggest that you avoid going down that path and learn from a qualified teacher or physiotherapist.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
Very few people are aware of this– the term ‘Pilates’ is generic and free for unrestricted use at the moment in Australia. Did you know that this means anyone can offer advice on Pilates to the society, whether trained or untrained? That’s massive and can be dangerous! Check that your Pilates teachers qualifications suits your needs.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
There is a common misconception that Pilates is only for women. If even you think so, get with the times! Pilates was invented by a man and Pilates is for everyone and caters to the needs of beginners, professional athletes, rehabilitaion and experts.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 pm
We think this is the best advantage of practicing Pilates. Are you used to putting your mind through such extreme control, concentration, and focus? Top that with a strenuous physical workout. You have a deadly combination of mind and matter working towards a goal. Super challenging!
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:29 pm
From improved flexibility to better posture, from enhanced muscular strength to stabilization of the spine and from rehabilitation to prevention of injuries– Pilates helps one and all. Believe me, even if you are the super woman who is always running around town to juggle work, family and the kids, Pilates is possible. 2-3 sittings a week is all it takes. Know these facts and use Pilates to stay healthy and achieve that super sexy figure.

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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:29 pm
Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgwick, Christy Turlington, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Claire Danes, Molly Sims and Russell Brand all rely on Ungaro for power Pilates. "Edie Falco loves the classic mat exercises," she says. "Christy likes the short spine massage on the Reformer."

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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:29 pm
"I tell people to wear exercise clothes that have visible seams along the sides or legs," Ungaro says. "The seams act as markers to help make sure your body is in alignment, to make sure you're not leaning forward or back." Active wear without buttons, snaps, or zippers will also help your instructor check your alignment. And if your class includes inversions or saddle stretches, leave the baggy shorts at home!
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:29 pm
"I ask my students to take a body scan, head to toe," Ungaro says. "While they do the Hundred, I ask: is your chest lifted? Are your abs pulled in? Are your legs engaged? Every part of your body is recruited into every single exercise." Seems as though Joe Pilates was the original multi-tasker. "Lately I've been asking my students to hold their last reps, to draw out their last movement for three more seconds and to make it their best," Ungaro adds. "This way I can be sure the full-body benefits are carried through to the end."
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:30 pm
"Resistance training, the essence of Pilates, is scientifically proven to create lean muscle and rev up your metabolism to burn calories all day long," Ungaro explains. "Cardio is great; but the second you hop off the bike or the treadmill, you stop burning calories. With Pilates, the second you're done, you start burning calories."
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:30 pm
Besides his mat exercises, Joe Pilates also loved to tinker with gear to design a slew of equipment that goes way beyond the ubiquitous reformer. "He made the original 'magic circle' from the steel bands around beer kegs," Ungaro says. His other devices include the Wunda chair, the Guillotine, the Spine Corrector and the Ped-a-Pull, all found at Real Pilates and many other studios around the country. "If you haven't worked out on these," says Ungaro, "you simply haven't experienced all Pilates has to offer."
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:30 pm
Joe Pilates' original sequence of 34 mat exercises is still going strong in studios nationwide. The hundred, the roll-up, single-leg stretch, double-leg stretch…some of us can recite these in our sleep. "Trends like Yogalates and Piloxing (Pilates-boxing) tend to be short-lived," Ungaro says. "Now I see a return to authentic Pilates, the 34 original mat exercises from soup to nuts."
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:30 pm
"Mr. Joe Pilates, the inventor, intended it to be about the art of control, an exercise method where you control your body, mind, and muscles," says Alycea Ungaro, personal trainer and founder of the Real Pilates studio in New York City. The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the "powerhouse" (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
One of the best advantages of practicing Pilates is that not only it will put your mind through an extreme concentration, but it will also push your body to a strenuous workout. Super challenging!
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
of course, from extreme challenges come great results, which in case of Pilates can be various, as we said before.

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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
Pilates doesn’t leave anything to chance, so get ready to be organised and extremely precise. To have great results it is necessary to do everything in the right way. This is why you should learn about the posture, the breathing, the movement, the number of repetitions, etc. from a qualified teacher, such as the ones we offer here at Body Works West.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
One of the biggest misconceptions about Pilates is that it is a form of yoga. That is really not right as Pilates is a system by itself, developed by the physicist Joseph Pilates, who infused his belief that both mental and physical health is interrelated in this physical fitness system. This means that there’s nothing better than this if you’re willing to exercise both your concentration skills and your body strength.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
Joseph Pilates thought of “control” as such an important element for the system he was building that he decided to give Pilates a second name: “Contrology”. The reason for this is that whoever is practicing Pilates should be in constant control of each and every movement, and this will lead to visible benefits for muscular control of the back, limbs and abdominal muscles.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:32 pm
What’s the best way to link mental concentration and physical resistance? Proper breathing. Pilates requires great attention to proper breathing techniques because a lot of stress is laid on exhaling by wriggling out all the air from your lungs while practicing. This is why any Pilates session won’t be complete without conscious breathing in and out and it could be difficult to learn how to do this properly without the help of a specialised teacher.
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