10 Pilates Myths and Truths

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in What is Pilates?

  10 Pilates Myths – Busted! Are you tired of all these health fads that don’t seem to give you the results you wish to achieve? I know this can be very frustrating and discouraging especially when you have been jumping from one fad to another. Pilates is not a health fad, but the effects are, they say, long-term but more subtle health benefits. But what is it that you can achieve with Pilates, and what can’t Pilates do?  Let’s bust the myths and highlight the facts about Pilates. Myths and Truth Myth #1 Pilates can help you lose weight It is a fact that Pilates has a lot of health benefits, but weight loss is not its cup of tea. It may help you burn some fats, but it would be stretching it too far if you say that it is the sole reason for shedding the excess weight. This was supported by a study in 2006 which showed that there was no significant change in both body fat percentage and weight in females who had regular Pilates routine. This is not to bust your bubble, but to give you the real deal. However, you just don’t rule out Pilates in helping you lose weight, because it promotes better core strengthening which significantly reduces your risk of injury. It also improves you flexibility, and all these can help you get better in your exercise regimen. But when it comes to burning the calories and fat loss, cardio exercises is deemed more effective than Pilates. Myth #2 Pilates is a very simple exercise program Not to discourage you, but to give you a heads up on the fact that Pilates is no work in the park for beginners like you. It involves different movements that can range from the simple to something more complex depending on the needs of the individual. Every movement takes practice and careful guidance because it involves control and balance. Pilates exercises have to be done slowly and smoothly, which makes this look easy to the casual observer. With regular practice your body will eventually learn to adapt natural alignments and proper support. This is also the reason why Pilates classes are designed to be done in small groups. It allows the instructor to give close attention to each student so that they are able to perform each exercises properly. Aside from achieving the right moves, it also prevents injury. View our current Pilates class timetables here. Myth #3 Pilates is designed for women Sadly, this common misconception about Pilates caused a lot of men to miss its benefits. This belief may have stemmed from the fact that this exercise helps strengthen the lower abdominal muscles and the pelvic muscles which both play significant roles in childbearing. But Pilates is actually an exercise that is helpful for all sexes. In fact, Joseph Pilates, who was a male...

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