Pilates 101: Everything First-Timers Need to Know About Pilates

Posted on Apr 22, 2020

Pilates 101: Everything First-Timers Need to Know About Pilates

The long hours behind your desk are causing backaches, and it’s affecting your productivity. You’re in constant discomfort, which sometimes leads to stress and anxiety. If you’ve caught yourself nodding, then your habits and routines must be taking their toll.

And now you’re ready to take that first step toward a healthy work-life balance but aren’t sure where to start. You’ve thought about hitting the gym or taking up a sport. But you feel these activities just aren’t for you, and you’re worried that you might not be able to sustain the habit.

So, what else is there? To go from sedentary to master of your own mind and body, Pilates teaches you how to:

Manage your body, and mobilise your energy.
Overcome your limitations, and optimise your productivity.
Validate your needs, and visualise your joy.
Explore a new experience, and enrich your life.

Why Take Classes at Pilates Plus Singapore

What Pilates Can Do For You

Pilates is a versatile fitness program that appeals to beginners and seasoned fitness buffs alike. The idea of Mr. Pilates’ 34-sequence method is such that it progressively warms the body up, challenges it with exertion, and then cools it down. Its benefits include:

·   Enhanced core 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

Learn more: The History of Pilates

Various Types of Pilates

Pilates is an approach to conditioning developed over a hundred years ago by its founder Joseph H. Pilates, who first called it “contrology.” Pilates has undergone transitions over the years but maintains its core principles of breathing, control, centering, and flow. Here are some common types of Pilates to help you find one that works best for you:

Classical/Traditional Pilates

Mr. 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

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

This type of Pilates utilises an equipment called the Reformer, which looks like a bed frame with 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

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 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.

Read more: The Traditional Joseph Pilates Program

Myths About Pilates

If you’re new to Pilates, chances are you’ve read a few misconceptions about it. So, let’s clear the air and give you the facts straight out to help you make an informed decision before signing up for a class. Here are some of the myths that could be holding you back:

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 that achieve 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 newbie to 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 is exactly what Pilates is all about. Men and women alike use Pilates as cross training for all kinds of sporting activities, even extreme sports. In fact, founder Joseph Pilates originally designed this fitness regimen to rehabilitate soldiers who were injured in the war. [Read more: 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 workout, Pilates is about achieving mind-and-body harmony, freedom of movement, and 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 gym membership and finding that the fees don’t include personal training services. So, you’re left to your own devices, figuring out for yourself what exercises to do and how to use the equipment…that’s money down the drain. With Pilates, an instructor is always on hand to guide, motivate, and advise you. Now that’s added value!

Promos, rates, and schedules that suit your best

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. 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.

With more than 10 years of experience, we can help you understand how your body works, why your movements affect your mindset, and what exactly Pilates can do to perform daily tasks with renewed energy and positivity. So, sign up now for your TRIAL SESSIONS to test the waters. We’d love to hear from you today!