Many people have heard about Pilates and wonder if it is something that they would be interested in doing. Pilates is a system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. This system was designed to help people of all ages achieve balance, flexibility and balance through movement, and Pilates is considered one of the most effective forms of exercise for this purpose.
Pilates aims to improve overall health and fitness with special emphasis on core strength, which will improve overall body tone and reduce the chance for injury. Pilates workouts are generally done on an elastic mat, such as the Cadillac or Wunda Chair, or with special equipment, like the Reformer. The Reformer allows you to do Pilates workouts without the need for a mat, so it can be done with children and pets too.
Pilates helps you focus your attention on a single muscle or group of muscles, helping you to improve your posture. When you have a good posture, you are more likely to maintain your balance, have greater control over yourself and improve your posture overall. Pilates also helps you become more aware of your body alignment, helping you become aware of what positions you take up and how often you take these positions, and also teaches you to avoid any poor positioning. It is also believed that the strengthening and stretching exercises help to reduce the effects of aging.
There are many Pilates studios and instructors who offer this form of exercise, and the best place to find information on it is from those who have already been doing it for some time. There are websites where you can search for Pilates classes, and you can also look for videos on DVD. A Pilates workout at home is also possible, especially if you have an extra room at your house to use.
If you choose to purchase a Pilates workout at home, there are several items you will need to purchase in order to get started. One of these items is the Reformer. It is an elastic mat with wheels that you can use to hold your mat and place it on your floor. It comes with instructions for the correct way to place the mat and for putting the wheels back into place after you have completed your workout. Another item you will need is a Reformer bag, which is a carrying case that will help you store your Reformer and other pilates products in when not being used.
Some people decide to go the Pilates route at home, because they don’t have time to join a Pilates class. If this is the case, then there are several options available to you. You could purchase a Pilates mat, a mat workout routine and a Pilates workout DVD for a low cost. There are also many Pilate programs and books for sale at various price ranges. If you do decide to purchase a pilates DVD, you can purchase the complete program at a discount from various stores.
Most pilates DVDs will include a DVD with a variety of pilates workouts for beginners and advanced exercises, as well as a DVD with specific exercises that are meant for women. This DVD will usually contain the mat and the equipment you would need for your workout, as well as additional routines such as yoga or stretching.
Many online stores offer a free trial of the course, so you could try out some exercises before you buy it, but it may not be suitable for everyone. If you are looking for a comprehensive program, then you may want to consider buying a full-length Pilates DVD, which will have several different exercises.