Pilates is a great way to build muscle strength to improve posture, balance, and flexibility. It is not only suitable for fitness enthusiasts; it’s perfect for beginners. If you want to sign up for an introductory Pilates class at Just Believe Fit, there are a few things you should know.
What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise, including low-stress exercises, and muscle strength and flexibility exercises. Pilates emphasises correct posture, core strength, and muscle balance. Pilates is named after its founder Joseph Pilates, who developed this training in the 1920s.
It promotes core and stability, muscle control, and endurance, including exercises that emphasise posture, correct exercise patterns, flexibility, balance and strength. It’s a very efficient form of exercise, and is also excellent for physical rehabilitation.
Can beginners do Pilates?
In the past, it was thought that Pilates was only suitable for serious athletes or experienced dancers. Although these groups pioneered Pilates training, these days they are not the only ones getting the benefits from this method.
Another common misconception is that Pilates requires special equipment.
The answer is: Not always. Mat Pilates can be done with equipment, but it’s just as easy to do an online class with what you have at home, or no equipment at all. (There are also Pilates classes using Reformer machines. The reformer looks like a bed frame with sliding slides and adjustable springs. Reformer classes are not currently offered at Just Believe Fit.)
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Regular Pilates exercises can provide many health benefits:
- Improved general fitness and wellbeing
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved flexibility hindrance and treatment of back pain
- Improved posture and balance
- Prevention and treatment of back pain
- Improved flexibility
Is Pilates for everyone?
If you are an older person, have not exercised in a long time, have any health problems, have recently had surgery, or are pregnant, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Pilates is no exception. The best way to begin is to move slowly at first and then gradually increase your training.
Let your teacher know in advance if you have any discomfort or injury, or have recently had surgery, so they can be aware and help you change your movements. To avoid injury, beginners should begin under the supervision of an experienced Pilates instructor.
What to look for in a Pilates instructor
It is important to do Pilates with instructors who are certified Pilates trainers, with experience and acquired knowledge, like the instructors at Just Believe Fit.
How does Pilates fit into a total fitness program?
Pilates is useful as part of a well-rounded movement and fitness program. Pilates is not a substitute for strength training and cardio activity. Pilates should be an additional component to a well-rounded fitness program that includes cardio, strength training, and flexibility. Ask your Just Believe Fit instructor what else you can do to contribute to health and wellbeing.