What Is Pilates?
Pilates was created in 1912 by Joseph Pilates as a means to strengthen both the mind and body. His intention for Pilates was for it to be a way of life, not just a mere form of exercise. This principle has been upheld by classical Pilates repertoire and techniques for decades since. Utilizing special equipment, Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness.
Founder of BASI Pilates, Rael Isacowitz, describes Pilates as "... a lifelong journey of learning and practice that deepen[s] understanding of movement and offer[s] a path to physical and mental well-being."
What Makes Pilates So Effective?
Pilates is one of the most beneficial forms of cross-training. Using exercises, which exert low impact, Pilates works to relieve stress on your joints while improving core strength, flexibility, stability, balance, and posture. Pilates addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body, which lead to pain and body impairment. Each session includes a comprehensive full body workout, which strives to improve one’s overall health. General focus is placed on improving posture, body awareness, and core support.
What Results Can I Expect To See?
Longer and leaner muscles
Increased core strength
Better balance and coordination
Resistance to injuries
Rehabilitation of joint and muscles
Improved sports performance
Better body awareness
How Long Before I Start To See Results?
Like all forms of exercise, the more you are able to do Pilates the faster you will see and maintain results. A general recommendation is 2-3 times per week. Joseph Pilates stated that, "in 10 sessions, you will feel the difference, after 20, you will see the difference and after 30 you’ll have a whole new body..."
Is Pilates Just For Women?
Pilates is considered a form exercise that is beneficial for all people - regardless of sex, age, or body impairment. Men and women alike have found great value in what Pilates can do for the body and mind. Because of the low impact weight used, Pilates works to improve strength, flexibility, and balance of the body. Depending on what personal goals you set, your Pilates instructor will tailor your workout to fit your needs. Your body and goals create the roadmap for what you can obtain through Pilates.
What Do I Wear To Pilates?
Any work-out clothing is appropriate. Pilates is done barefoot or in socks, whichever you prefer. Men taking Pilates, we recommend wearing bike shorts under your basket-ball/gym shorts.