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Pilates for Beginners

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Pilates for Beginners

Date Updated: March 23, 2021


Pilates is a good start if you’re a newbie at fitness, specifically since Pilates exercises can be modified conveniently to suit a person’s physical condition and capabilities. Beginners Pilates can be for strength training, which is great for Pilates first-timers and people rehabilitating from injuries. But Pilates workouts also supplements cross-training in athletes, for added conditioning and stamina-building.

At its core, Pilates is a versatile fitness program that helps you MOVE and live life fuller. At Pilates Plus Singapore you’ll get to:

M – manage your body + mobilise your energy through strength training
O – overcome your limitations and optimise your productivity with improved flexibility
V – validate your needs and visualize your joy with the right breathing techniques
E – explore a new experience and enrich life with a new passion and a community behind it

Ready to take that first step to a healthy lifestyle but not sure where to start? Pilates for beginners is a good option, especially if hitting the gym or taking up a sport isn’t your thing. But if you want to be more adventurous and really get into the Pilates experience, then you might want to try Pilates Reformer.



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Benefits of Pilates


The Pilates method is an effective full-body workout that strengthens and stretches the entire body to create a well-balanced physique. It also trains you in conscious breathing, which aids in stimulating blood circulation and minimising muscle cramping. 

The idea of Mr. Pilates’ 34-sequence method is such that it progressively warms up the body, challenges it with exertion, and cools it down gradually. Here are just some of the benefits of Pilates:

  • Enhanced Strength
  • Improved Posture
  • Better Balance
  • More Flexibility
  • Increased Muscle Tone
  • Healthier Joints/Ligaments
  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • Added Stamina/Energy
  • Optimised Breathing
  • Body-Mind Harmony
  • Improved Mobility
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Stress Management


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Myths About Pilates


Given the global health scare that we’re all going through, now’s the time to take that first step toward a work-life balance that puts body-mind fitness as a priority. So, if you aren’t sure where to start, and if hitting the gym or taking up a sport just doesn’t cut it for you, then why not give Pilates a try?

Pilates is an approach to conditioning developed over a hundred years ago by its founder Joseph H. Pilates, who first called it “contrology.” If you’re new to Pilates, chances are you’ve heard some misconceptions about it.

Let Pilates Plus Singapore bust those myths and give you the facts straight out. Here are some of the myths we are debunking:

Pilates is just another form of yoga

Pilates and yoga both work on building body strength, alignment and flexibility but they are not one and the same thing. Though some poses look similar to yoga, Pilates uses different movement and breathing techniques with different results. More importantly, yoga is limited to mat exercises while Pilates makes use of both mat and specialised equipment.

Pilates is only for fit and young people

People of all ages and levels of stamina can benefit from Pilates—even if you think you’re not athletic! People who aren’t interested in the usual gym exercises may find Pilates more engaging since classes are offered in varying degrees of physical capacity. It’s designed in such a way that you can go from a newbie to an advanced practitioner with regular practice.

Pilates is for women only

Most men do gym workouts and weights to build up their core and develop their muscles, which can also be achieved with Pilates exercises. Female and male athletes alike use Pilates as conditioning for all kinds of sporting activities, even extreme sports. Regardless of gender, Beginners Pilates is used by many to complement physical therapy or injury rehabilitation. [Read why Pilates is a Good Workout for Men]

Pilates is just another weight-loss program

Yes, the exercises help keep the weight off and stabilise your metabolism but Pilates does more than that. Aside from being a physical workout, Pilates is about achieving mind-and-body harmony, freedom of movement, and ultimately, a zest for life. Complemented with dietary and mental health guidance, Pilates can be a path to health, happiness, and new horizons.

Pilates classes are too expensive

Imagine signing up for a standard gym membership and finding out that you’re left to your own devices, figuring out for yourself what exercises to do and how to use the equipment. At Pilates Plus Singapore, we have instructors on hand to guide, motivate, and advise you—even for group classes. We’ve made our monthly packages accessible to all (at $345 per month, unlimited, for all classes) so everyone can join!



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Different Types of Pilates


Founded by Joseph Pilates in the late 1800s, Pilates offers a variety of stimulating training, comprising different variations of exercise, some of which are performed with or without equipment. Pilates has undergone transitions over the years but maintains its core principles of breathing, control, centering, and flow. Here are common types of Pilates to help you find one that works best for you:

Classical/Traditional Pilates

Classical/Traditional Pilates

Joseph Pilates first coined the term contrology to describe his sequence of 34 exercises—each flowing to the next in purposeful succession. Each exercise is executed in the exact sequence, in the designated number of repetitions (usually no more than six reps), before moving on to the next exercise. This type of Pilates may also involve the use of equipment.



Pilates Mat Exercises

Pilates Mat

Mat exercises are a good introduction to the world of Pilates. These are low-impact exercises that may involve the use of weights, balls, therabands, or rings. However, the movements are still based on the traditional Pilates system. First-timers and people suffering from back pain will benefit most from mat exercises because it focuses on strengthening the core.



Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates

This type of Pilates utilises a piece of equipment called the Reformer, which looks like a bed frame with a tension apparatus attached to it. The movements here are similar to mat Pilates but more challenging, given the added resistance from the various springs, straps, and ropes. As such, you burn more calories and build up more muscle strength.




Contemporary Pilates

Contemporary Pilates

As the name implies, this is a modern take on the classical system of Pilates. The exercises here are founded on contemporary research, including modern approaches to motor learning, rehabilitation, and biomechanics training. The movements are taught differently, depending on the instructor.






Stott Pilates

Stott Pilates

Stott Pilates was created in 1998 by Moira Stott-Merrithew, a former dancer. The exercises have sequences and movements that differ from the classical version. In traditional Pilates, the spine is pressed to the floor but in Stott’s version, the lower back is kept off the floor, maintaining the natural curvature.








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Where to Get Pilates Classes in Singapore

Pilates Plus Singapore is the only Pilates and movement studio in Singapore that offers the Strength Pilates Series for both Mat and Reformer classes. The program is specifically designed to give you real results in strength gain, with our whole-body workouts.

Although group sessions are less expensive, we recommend taking private sessions if you’re a beginner. It’s because the essential techniques should be adjusted to suit your own needs and physical capabilities, and you have to get accustomed to the equipment. We’ve made our Monthly Packages accessible to all (at $345 per month, unlimited, for all classes) so everyone can join!

For Pilates Plus, it’s not just a matter of taking classes, it’s about embarking on a journey to health and joyfulness, with our certified trainers as your guide. For us, Pilates is not just a profession but a passion. We’ve made our rates cost-efficient and relatively affordable because we want everyone to have the same life-changing experience that we do with Pilates.

Ready to begin your Pilates journey? Take that first step with Pilates Plus Singapore today!

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5 Essential Pilates Equipment and How They Work for You

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Essential Pilates Equipment

Date Updated: February 10, 2020


You’ve always wanted to try Pilates but, walking into any Pilates studio in Singapore, you see imposing Pilates equipment and suddenly it gets daunting. But don’t be scared by the seemingly complicated contraptions, they actually make it easier to practice, and eventually master, Pilates!

First things first: Within the Pilates community, while the term “Pilates equipment” is widely accepted, Joseph Pilates intended for it to be called “Pilates apparatus,” and “Pilates machines” isn’t really appropriate, especially in Classical Pilates or Traditional Pilates circles.

On one hand, Mat Pilates is practised mostly on the floor using only our own body weight or everyday things that can serve as weights. Likewise, there are several small Pilates exercise tools and equipment, including magic circles, weights, and resistance bands available for home and studio use.

And then there are the big-ticket items, the Pilates apparatus you’d normally see in Pilates studios, although many now come in home-use versions. These include the Reformer, the Cadillac, Pilates Chairs, and Pilates Wall Systems—without which your Pilates journey wouldn’t be complete.

A word of caution to beginners and people with physical challenges: you’ll need an instructor to guide you through the proper movements without unduly straining the muscles and the proper breathing techniques that are essential to Pilates.

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Pilates Reformer


Pilates Reformer

The Pilates Reformer consists of a bedframe-like platform called the carriage which is attached to springs. The carriage is padded and has shoulder blocks to keep you from sliding off. It also has an adjustable foot bar for the legs and resistance cables for the arms at the opposite end.

The Reformer is also known as Universal Reformer—an all-round apparatus for core-strengthening. It can ease back pain by aligning the spine and easing tension from the back muscles. The more you use it, the more efficiently you move, so you’ll feel more relief the more you work out.

The most common Pilates Reformer exercises entail stretching the limbs by pulling the cables with your arms and pushing the bars with your legs. These include the Hundred, the Frog, the Elephant, Leg Circles, and Knee Stretch with round back or arched back.

Study Shows Back Pain is Related to Sedentary Lifestyle READ MORE from Front Public Health


Pilates Cadillac


Pilates Cadillac

Imagine a padded table, which also serves as an elevated exercise mat, then put monkey bars over it and add an assortment of resistance mechanisms—a Pilates Cadillac looks a lot like that. Joseph Pilates called it a Trapeze Table but it wowed his clients so much, they likened it to a “shiny new Cadillac.”

The Pilates Cadillac that we know now has all the bells and whistles, but Joseph’s prototype was made from only a hospital bed and mattress springs attached to the wall. The first Pilates Trapeze Table was first intended to enable bedridden patients to exercise, injured soldiers in particular.

Today, it’s common for athletes to add Pilates Cadillac exercises to their pre-competition regimen. Most exercises on the Cadillac’s push-through and roll-back bars are for toning and strengthening the muscles; building flexibility, especially in the joints; and for stretching and decompressing.

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Pilates Chairs


Pilates Wunda Chair

The Pilates Wunda Chair, also called the Low Chair, looks a lot like a regular backless chair except it’s lower and has a padded wooden base. There’s a pedal under the seat, and springs with adjustable resistance levels—low, medium, or high. It’s a wunderbar chair, indeed!

It may look like pro-level equipment, but the Wunda Chair is actually beginner-friendly. So much so that it’s recommended to those who are on physical therapy, recovering from injury, or have mobility limitations. At the same time, it’s also a favourite among cross-training athletes.

The most common Pilates Wunda Chair exercises are the Push Down, which engages the lower body, and the Pull Up, which works the torso. Workouts can be done in sitting position, standing on the seat, or in front and behind the chair, with arms and hands working the pedal.


Pilates Wall System


Pilates Wall System

The components of a Pilates Wall System vary depending on the studio or the Pilates “school of thought” it subscribes to (Classical, Contemporary, Stott, etc.). Generally, it is a large apparatus with an attached table, four-poster support structure, and various Pilates equipment.

Many wall units have a Pilates Tower or a Trapeze Table and other apparatus that are secured firmly to a solid immobile surface, including the floor. Some even come with a Pole System, Raised Platform Mat and Mat Boxes, and Short Box Bars—all of which add more challenge to the usual mat exercises.

Wall Systems are not only versatile and multifunctional, they are space-saving and convenient for home installation too. There are so many exercises that can be done using a wall system, including Tricep Pulls, High Rows, Roll-Downs, and various bridge-type and hanging/stretching exercises.


Stall Bars


Stall Bars

At Pilates Plus, we don’t just give workouts, we take you on a journey of discovery into the joys of Pilates. We do this by providing preparatory and complementary classes on calisthenics and movement, to help you to better appreciate and practice Pilates. And for exercises, we make use of the Stall Bars.

Stall Bars may be customized for height and width, and are often used with accessories, including the Stall Bar Bench and Abdominal Board. They were invented in the early 1800s by physiotherapy and gymnastics pioneer Per Henrik Ling, who founded the Swedish Royal Gymnastic Central Institute.

At Pilates Plus, most of our callisthenics or bodyweight training are done on the Stall Bars. Callisthenics is a good workout for people who are only starting to get into a fitness regimen or taking up Pilates for Beginners as these can be adjusted easily to your strength and fitness levels.

Pilates Plus is the only Pilates and movement studio in Singapore that offers the Strength Pilates Series for both Mat and Reformer classes. The program is specifically designed to give you real results in strength gain, with our whole-body workouts.


Where to Find Pilates Equipment Classes in Singapore


Here at Pilates Plus Singapore, we offer Reformer Group Class Packages at $475 for 12 sessions, valid for 4 months. The class is inclusive of Reformer Allegro, Reformer Fundamentals, and Reformer Strength Series courses.

We also have a Reformer Plus class, a unique hybrid package that lets you enjoy Reformer sessions and non-Reformer sessions for 4 months. We’ve made our Monthly Packages accessible to all (at $345 per month, unlimited, for all classes) so everyone can join!

Although group sessions are less expensive, we recommend taking private sessions as well, especially if you’re a Pilates Reformer beginner. In one-on-one sessions, you have the instructors undivided attention, so the workouts can be adjusted to your specific goals and physical capabilities.

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Pilates Exercise for Back Pain and Lower Back Problems

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How Pilates Relieves Back Pain


Sitting for hours on end hunched over our desks or devices could lead to back pain. Research says that a sedentary lifestyle increases our risk for some chronic diseases or even premature death. Fortunately, Pilates exercises such as leg kicks and back extensions can bring positive results.

Wells et al. reported that “Pilates exercise offers greater improvements in pain and functional ability compared to usual care and physical activity in the short term.” Bird and Fell also wrote that Pilates exercise has long-term effects on improving balance and strength in older people.

In most cases, it’s the lower back, that part of the spine that curves inward at the base of the back, that takes the most impact when we’re seated. Pain is either concentrated in one area or radiates throughout the back along the spine’s network of nerves, muscles, and ligaments.

Another common reason for back pain is muscle strain, which affects the lumbar region or the lower part of the back. That’s why when you overstretch or twist, you sometimes feel an ache or a stiffening of the muscles, from the back down to the buttocks.

If you’ve been feeling more and more of the pain and strain, it’s a good time to take steps to correct it as it could be symptoms of a more serious problem with the bones and joints. Here are some Pilates workouts that are effective in preventing back pain or reducing lower back pain:


Back Extensions


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Back extensions are low-impact exercises that strengthen the lower back muscles. These improve the torso’s range of movement while correcting our posture, thus preventing back injury.

How to do Pilates Back Extensions:

  1. Lie face down with your hips flat on the mat and your legs straight behind you
  2. Contract your abs and back muscles as you lift your torso and legs
  3. Hold the pose for 30 seconds, keeping your head in neutral position
  4. Lower your body down to the mat, then return to the starting position Lower your body down to the mat, then return to the starting position
  5. Repeat the movements and complete the designated number of sets

Double Leg Kicks


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Double Leg Kicks loosen up the lower back muscles and help the body develop more flexibility. This Pilates exercise gives the hamstrings a good workout while improving mobility around the hips.

How to do Pilates Double Leg Kicks:

  1. Lie down on your stomach with your legs together and straight behind you
  2. Clasp your hands behind your back, arms relaxed and face resting on one side
  3. Bend your legs as you exhale, pushing your feet three times toward the buttocks
  4. Lift your torso and bring the head to the center as you straighten the arms and legs
  5. Exhale and lower your body. Repeat the movement with the face turned to the other side


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Cat and Cow Stretch


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The Cat and Cow Stretch, a pose that mimics a stretching cat and a grazing cow, is for toning the back muscles (latissimus dorsi) without the help of any equipment. It’s great for easing tension and strain.

How to do the Pilates Cat and Cow Stretch:

  1. Get down on your hands and knees, keeping your spine neutral (like a cow grazing)
  2. Lift your sit bones upward, press the chest forward, and let the stomach drop
  3. Lift your head, relax your shoulders, and look straight ahead
  4. Arch your spine outward and draw the pubic bone forward as you exhale
  5. Let your head and tailbone drop a few inches to the ground (like a cat stretching)


Hip Extensions


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Hip Extensions are also an ideal workout for both the lower back and pelvic muscles. They strengthen the glutes and hamstrings and maintain pelvic alignment, which increase support to the lower back.

How to do Pilates Hip Extensions:

  1. Lay your forearms and palms flat on the mat with the and head in neutral position
  2. Place your knees beneath your hips at a 90-degree angle
  3. Straighten your spine from head to tailbone, then lift one leg backward
  4. Lift the left leg toward the ceiling as you exhale, keeping the pelvis in neutral
  5. Inhale as you lower the leg, then lift the same leg up as you inhale


Knee Folds


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Knee Folds are one of the most basic Pilates exercises. These are often done as a warmup to mat or Pilates equipment workouts. They are also effective in releasing stress and tension on the back.

How to do Pilates Knee Folds::

  1. Lay down on the mat with the pelvis and spine in neutral position
  2. Keeping the spine stable, move one leg into a 90-degree angle at the knee
  3. Draw the right leg in as you exhale, and lower it as you inhale
  4. Lift the leg as you exhale, then inhale on the return
  5. Alternate movements on each leg, without tilting your pelvis or arching the back


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Proper Pain Management: What to do first


Before deciding to take up Pilates, it’s important to establish the root cause of your back pain. At Pilates Plus Singapore, we strongly recommend that these exercises be done under the supervision of trained instructors, who can also teach you proper breathing and correct pacing.

The exercises in a Pilates programme can be challenging but not so much that to struggle with it. Our classes come in fundamental, intermediate, and advanced levels, with the exercises progressing at a pace that’s comfortable and safe for you.

The full benefits of Pilates may not be realised right away, just as the problems that caused your back developed over time. But by learning to use your muscles correctly—by supporting instead of stressing the spine—you’ll feel the tension drain away and your mobility increase after a few sessions.

Whether it’s a dull ache or searing pain, any discomfort in the back should not be taken lightly. If you’re looking for a way to alleviate back pain while engaging in a fun and sustainable workout, check out our affordable Pilates classes, which are customised to your goals and taught by our expert trainers.

Pilates Plus is the only Pilates and movement studio in Singapore that offers the Strength Pilates Series for both Mat and Reformer classes. The program is specifically designed to give you real results in strength gain, with our whole-body workouts.


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Call Pilates Plus at +65 622 118 45 now or drop us a line, and we’d be happy to suggest an exercise programme that takes you closer to your fitness goals—taking you from a sedentary to healthy in both mind and body.

Calisthenics for Beginners

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Date Updated: December 26, 2020


What is Calisthenics


Known also as bodyweight training, these are exercises that are done using mostly your own bodyweight or minimal equipment. If you’ve ever taken up any kind of workout, then chances are you’ve done some form of callisthenics or other, like pushups, squats, and crunches.

These days you won’t see many Singapore gyms offering callisthenics classes straight up as they’re not as trendy as the likes of HIIT, Functional Training, or boxing. What many people don’t know is that callisthenicss conditioning exercises are a great way to build the strength and stamina needed for high-intensity complex movements.

Callisthenics is the perfect workout for people who are only starting to get into a fitness regimen. At Pilates Plus, in particular, we recommend callisthenics as a complementary class to our Pilates for Beginners sessions. No special skills are required to perform these exercises, and they can be adjusted easily to your strength and fitness levels. What’s more, once you’ve learned how to do them properly, you can do callisthenics just about anywhere, anytime.


Callisthenics Benefits


If your goal is to develop muscle mass like that of a bodybuilder, then callisthenics is a good supplementary exercise for weight training, which should be your main workout. But if you’re aiming for a limber and toned physique, then callisthenics would suit you fine.

Callisthenics exercises help you build a fit and strong upper and lower body, and core. With these simple and natural movements, you’ll be able to: 

  • Improve your flexibility
  • Enhance your range of motion
  • Maintain good form
  • Develop your aerobic capacity
  • Tone and strengthen your muscles
  • Gain flexibility on your hips and lower body
  • Get in shape or cross-train for a sport/competition

Step-by-Step Guide to Calisthenics


Although it’s ideal for beginners, callisthenicscalisthenics are a go-to complementary workout for seasoned gym-goers, bodybuilders, and exercise buffs. That’s because these exercises are an effective way to work out your entire body, improve strength, stability, and mobility to help you perform better not just in your sport or workout of choice but in your daily tasks and everyday routine.

EXECISE TYPE HOW TO DO IT WHERE IT WORKS
Pushups Get down on all fours but place your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Extend your legs and hold your body up into plank position using your arms. Lower your body until your chest is nearly touching the floor. Pause, push yourself back up, and repeat. torso—pectorals, triceps, anterior deltoid
Squats Stand up straight with your toes facing forward, but place your feet slightly wider than the hips. Clasp your hands over your chest for balance and thrust your hips backwards. Then bend your knees and go down as low as you can while keeping your back in a neutral position. thighs/quadriceps
Bench Dips Sit down on a stable bench with your hands placed next to your thighs. Extend your legs and lift your backside off the bench with your arms supporting your body. Bend your elbows to lower your body so your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Push yourself up with your palms. Repeat. upper arms/triceps
Calf Raises Stand up straight then raise your heels off the floor by pushing through the balls of your feet until you’re on your toes. Hold it, get back down slowly, then repeat. calves and ankles
Crunches Lay down with your back flat on the ground, knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet planted on the floor. Cross your hands over your chest and bend your head slightly toward your chest. Contracting your core, push yourself up until your chest touches your knees. abdominal muscles: trunk, pelvis, obliques
Lunges Stand up straight then step forward so one leg is at a 90-degree angle to your body. Slowly sink into a lunge until the back knee is a few inches off the ground. Switch legs and repeat. thighs/quadriceps
Burpees (1) Get into a squat position. (2) Lower your hands to the floor. (3) With your hands supporting your weight, kickbackkick back so you’re on your hands and toes, and in a pushup position. (4) Do a frog kick by jumping back into your starting position. (5) Stand up and reach over your head. (6) Jump up and land back down with your knees bent, then get into a squat position and start over. chest, arms, quads, glutes, abs, hamstrings
Chin Ups Stand in front of an exercise bar. Grasp the bar from underneath—in a tight grip and with your arms slightly closer together. Pull yourself up using your biceps so that your head goes up over the bar. Repeat. back muscles
Mountain Climbers Start in plank position—shoulders directly over your hands and wrists; with your spine in a neutral position. Work your core to lift the right knee and bring it toward your elbow as close as you can. Move the right knee back to starting position while driving the left knee toward your left elbow, then back to starting position. Think of it like you’re running in place but in a plank position. deltoids, biceps, triceps, abdominals, chest, obliques, quads, hamstrings

Why Pilates Plus for Calisthenics


At Pilates Plus in Singapore, callisthenics is one of our go-to methods for building the foundations of our Pilates practice. We guide our students toward achieving their fitness goals in a way that is physically and mentally suited to them. Progressing through their workouts, they gain a better appreciation of callisthenics as a way to build better functional mobility, so they can go about their lives with ease, comfort, and control.



We help you move your body better with these callisthenics class options at our studio:

  • Callisthenics Fundamentals: to help you get the basics with the right form and movements
  • Bent Arm Class: to level-up your pull-ups, dips, squats; and advance to complex variations
  • Rings Class: to work out the arms through gymnastic rings, paralettes, and floor work

Ready to get started on callisthenics? TAP HERE to register an account and after you have purchased the package we can update your class credits accordingly. A booking confirmation email will be sent after you book your session. Feel free to contact us at +65 6221-1845 for more details.


* All content (text and visuals) on this page was reviewed by Michel Velasco on December 22, 2020

Pilates Fitness for Work-Life Balance in the New Normal

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The Pilates fitness approach emerged around 100 years ago, but its principles and benefits remain relevant in today’s new normal. Joseph H. Pilates came up with a series of exercises to help injured soldiers manage their pain and restore their range of movement. This was in the early 1900s, while he was interning at a camp for Germans. He called his approach to full-body conditioning Contrology and the rest, as they say, is Pilates history.

What few people probably know is that in 1918, the Spanish flu struck and left around 50 million people dead, many between the ages of 20 and 40. Curiously enough, Joseph and everyone else who trained in Contrology was spared from the virus. It’s also interesting that they, the first-ever practitioners of Pilates, were practically quarantined inside the camp during the pandemic.

While it has been a hundred years and we’re no doubt experiencing an entirely different virus,, the context is actually rather similar to what we’re facing today. Joseph believed that most health problems in his time were due to a “modern lifestyle” that is  not much different from today’s sedentary and stress-ridden new normal. These days, we’re all still trying to cope with our changed realities, and it’s become harder to strike a work-life balance.

With this blog, we at Pilates Plus Singapore would like to encourage everyone to rebuild the work-life balance that was lost to quarantine and work-from-home arrangements. We’ve prepared some helpful tips on how to adjust and adapt while reducing stress, maximising productivity, and achieving overall body-mind balance through Pilates.




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Make a schedule and stick to it.


The work-from-home setup can be a double-edged sword. Some people get to work more now that there’s no travel time, while others tend to procrastinate, with the distractions of working from the comforts of home. But working from home does not mean we’re expected to work 24/7, neither does it mean taking advantage of our flexible working hours to slack off. 

Whether it’s a temporary or permanent arrangement, remote work should be conducted with professionalism. The same professionalism we’d exhibit when we show up  to an office building with our co-workers and bosses, IRL. So, it’s crucial to set a regular daily work schedule, condition ourselves to focus on tasks within that schedule and make a habit of it until it sticks. 


Set boundaries and respect them.


Just because people are always online doesn’t mean it’s okay to chat them up anytime. Like it or not, checking emails at the breakfast table eats into family time or me-time. Yes, we’re working from home, but if we’re still at it late into the night or during the weekend, it’s not exactly time well spent. So, send a clear message that your day is done. Turn off work notifications on your devices when you clock out and put your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ to get a good night’s sleep.

It’s essential to draw a line between social and professional interactions, even if it’s mostly over the internet. The same goes for our physical workspace even when we’re working remote. So, if you’re doing office work in the living room, make it off-limits to other members of the household during work hours. When your office is also your home, it helps to have a designated space where you won’t be disturbed until it’s time to “go home,” even if it means just moving to the dining room.


Be fit, get healthy, and sustain it.


If there’s anything we’ve learned from the events of the past months, it’s that everyone is susceptible to disease. We’ve seen firsthand how a robust immune system could spell the difference between life and death and why taking care of our health should be a matter of utmost importance. So practice mindfulness, find an outlet to release stress and take control of your mental health.

Pilates is not just a physical exercise, it is about achieving mind-and-body harmony. It’s not a simple collection of repetitive standalone movements like the usual workouts we do at the gym. Pilates is a sequence of exercises, each flowing to the next in purposeful succession. It strengthens the body and, at the same time, disciplines the mind so we can take on our daily tasks with vim, vigour, and vitality.


Why Pilates?


Pilates is a mind-body exercise that involves controlled movement, posture, and breathing. Its purpose is to tone the body, develop flexibility, and strike an overall mind-body balance. The principles behind Pilates are consistent with fitness programs that focus on aligning the spine and strengthening the postural muscles, which are effective in preventing and reducing back pain.

Unlike weight training, strength- and resistance-building regimens like Pilates won’t bulk you up and make you look buff like bodybuilders. What Pilates does is tone your muscles, reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories efficiently in the process. 

Likewise, Pilates is a versatile fitness program that appeals to beginners and seasoned fitness buffs alike. The exercises are intended to progressively warm the body up, challenge it with exertion, and then cool it down gradually. For maximum benefit, Pilates workouts should be done in its entirety with as much consistency and fluidity as possible.

Each exercise must be executed in the exact sequence and the designated number of repetitions before moving onto the next exercise. The intent to complete the series is as important as the exercises itself. Working up the intention to complete the exercises is an internal process, which builds up into a habit over time and, in the process, helps maintain mental fitness.

So shake off the stress and stretch away the sluggishness. Slim down, shape up, and do more with these PILATES GROUP CLASSES:

  • Pilates Matwork
  • Strength Pilates
  • Hand Balancing
  • Callisthenics Straight Arm
  • Callisthenics Bent Arm
  • Deep Stretch
  • Organic Strength

So, what does it take to get to adopt a healthy lifestyle that will help you thrive in the new normal? Get fit, be healthy, be mindful of your emotional state and learn how to master your impulses. At Pilates Plus Singapore, it’s not just a matter of taking classes, it’s about embarking on a journey to health and joyfulness, with our certified trainers as your guide.


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