Pilates Singapore: What To Look For In A Pilates Studio!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Pilates Singapore

Pilates Singapore: What To Look For In A Pilates Studio!

Pilates classes and Pilates studios in Singapore must have more than tripled in the last 5 years. The popularity of the Pilates method has been steadily rising. With its aging population and many people putting more priority on health education, Pilates and fitness, in general, will continue to grow. The more the industry grows, the more commercial it will become. Choosing the right Pilates studio can be overwhelmingly confusing. The best way to attend a Pilates class in Singapore is from a full Pilates studio furnished with all the necessary Pilates equipment that offers group and private session training. The classes have to be guided by Pilates teachers who are highly qualified and have years of experience in the Pilates practice.  We’ll try to go to more details on what you need to note in selecting the Pilates studio you will be joining. What Pilates equipment the studio needs to have? Though Pilates exercises can be done on the mat, there are movements that are uniquely designed and are more effective when done on the Pilates equipment. To get the full benefit of the Pilates method, the studio needs to have the necessary equipment to teach these exercises.  The Pilates Reformer This is the most common equipment in the Pilates industry. It is very popular as Reformer exercises can be done in a group class setting. The Reformer machine has the size slightly smaller than a single bed, with only half of its length covered by a moving carriage.  The carriage has rollers underneath so it can slide forward and backward on the Reformer’s frame and is connected by springs (four or five springs of different tension) to the frame at the front. The carriage is connected to the back of the frame by straps that are looped in a pulley system. And at the front of the Reformer is a foot bar that can be adjusted in height.  This machine has a very interesting design that you can use in hundreds of ways and in many different positions. It can work on stretching your hips, spine, and arms. You can also do full-body strengthening exercises on the Pilates reformer. Here is an article I wrote about the things you can do on the Pilates Reformer. Cadillac in Pilates This machine is the centerpiece of a Pilates studio, not only because of its size but because of its beauty and, at the same time, scary-looking torture-like design. The Pilates Cadillac originated from a hospital bed that Joseph Pilates modified, so the patients in the hospital can exercise while recovering from their injuries.   It looks like a high bed that is supported by a stainless frame from the top and sides. Springs can be attached to the frames on both ends via hooks or sliding bars so you can adjust their position. You can also attach a trapeze at the...

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Pilates Fitness for Work-Life Balance in the New Normal

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Pilates Singapore

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. Pilates Classes | Attain Physical and Psychological Wellness with Pilates Amidst the Pandemic 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...

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5 Surefire Ways to Get Best Results from Pilates

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Pilates Singapore

More than a straightforward workout, Pilates is about achieving mind-and-body harmony, freedom of movement, and a zest for life. It’s an activity not just for the athletically inclined but, dare we say, everyone looking for a path to health, happiness, and new horizons. At Pilates Plus Singapore, it’s not just a matter of taking classes, it’s embarking on a journey to health and joyfulness, with our certified trainers as your guide. To help you get its full benefits, here are five of our pro tips to help get you started, sustain the practice, and discover a passion for Pilates. (1) Be consistent with your movements At the gym, we can be forgiven for not doing our sit-ups or leg raises uniformly as long as we can push ourselves to complete the prescribed number of repetitions. Admit it, sometimes your last reps aren’t as well executed as your first few. Some don’t even get to those last reps at all! But if you want to get the maximum benefit of Pilates then you must perform the workouts in their entirety and go through the motions with as much consistency and fluidity as you can muster. It’s all about taking control over your “rest” and “effort” of every exercise. At the effort stage, we physically and mentally prepare for the exertion, breathing in as our muscles contract. The part where we exhale, rest, and get set for the next repetition is the return phase. The key is to be consistent with the execution of both the effort and rest phases of the workouts. By doing so, you get the maximum benefit of each movement, giving your body the support it needs to come to rest in a safe and correct way. It’s not enough to get up then lay back down on the mat quickly, you have to do it the right way by engaging the targeted muscles, to do it safely. Everything First-Timers Need to Know About Pilates. READ ON! (2) Maintain the proper form at all times In Pilates, each exercise is part of a set that naturally progresses to the next, so it’s important to be in the right form from start to finish. Mindfulness comes into play when you make every movement count—training both body and mind to function optimally. Always engage the specific muscle group that the exercise is targeting. Think of it as both a physical and mental exercise to help you master Pilates naturally over time. If you want to improve your strength and stamina, try holding the last rep on each exercise as long as you can. When you’re standing, pull your shoulders back and let your hands rest against the side of the hips, not the thighs as this causes you to slump. This way, you’re also developing the right posture and elongating your spine—making you look taller and leaner. Be mindful...

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Reinforcing the True Essence of Pilates: The Benefits of Practicing the Traditional Joseph Pilates Program

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Pilates Singapore

To truly appreciate a concept, an idea, or a practice, we must first understand the why and how of it all. Likewise, in knowing the who behind it, we get the context and intent of its design and creation. The same holds true for Pilates—an approach to conditioning developed by its founder,Joseph H. Pilates. In this article, we will provide you with a better appreciation of Pilates to help you sustain it as a mind-body fitness habit: How Pilates Differs from Most Physical Fitness MethodsHow to Get the Most Out of Your Pilates SessionsHow the Traditional Pilates Principles Benefit You Mr. Pilates started out as a gymnast and bodybuilder, then became a self-defense instructor for police trainees (among other things). Growing up, he suffered from chronic asthma and contracted rheumatic fever and rickets. It’s no wonder why improving physical strength became both a necessity and a lifelong quest for Mr. Pilates. He believed that poor health can be attributed to bad posture, improper breathing, and a “modern lifestyle,” which characterises the sedentary, stress-riddled working professional of today. Pilates as a fitness method emerged around a hundred years ago. Its early applications included the rehabilitation of injured soldiers toward improving range of motion and managing pain. Drawing from a background in gymnastics, body-building, and the martial arts, Mr. Pilates devised a series of exercises and training techniques now known universally as Pilates. More than a straightforward workout, Pilates is about achieving mind-and-body harmony, freedom of movement, and a zest for life (which establishes the why of Pilates). It’s an activity not just for the athletically-inclined but, dare we say, everyone looking for a path to health, happiness, and new horizons. How Pilates Differs from Most Physical Fitness Methods Unlike the usual workout program that we follow at the gym, Pilates is not a collection of repetitive standalone movements. Mr. Pilates first coined the term contrology to describe his sequence of 34 exercises—each flowing to the next in purposeful succession. In its original design, the sequential flow of exercises were done on a mat using only one’s bodyweight. It’s imperative that each exercise is executed in the exact sequence, in the designated number of repetitions (usually no more than six reps), before moving onto the next exercise. The apparatus now used widely in the practice of Pilates—such as the Pilates reformer, Pilates chairs, barrels, tower, and Cadillac—evolved from the bed springs and contraptions that Mr. Pilates put together. Pilates himself engineered the first equipment and devised the specifications to teach his methods properly. We at Pilates Plus appreciate the philosophy behind the creation of Pilates. Our years of training and experience have taught us that the original method produced the intended results. We understand that, in this age where fast is the normal pace and convenience is a deciding factor, the original method has undergone changes. Some of its practitioners may...

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5 Essential Pilates Equipment and How They Work for You

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Pilates Singapore

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. Find more about the dynamic nature of Pilates. 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 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...

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