10 Pilates Myths and Truths

Posted on Aug 28, 2015

 

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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.

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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 gymnast was the one who developed this exercise. Did you know that even superstar athletes like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James even found Pilates beneficial in gearing their body for the game.

Myth #4 Pilates will make you stronger

If your main goal is to improve full body strength, Pilates alone will not help you get significant results. Yes, it can help improve your abdominal muscular endurance because it is a core specific exercise, but you can’t expect it to improve your full body strength especially if you are doing mat workouts. If you want to build your muscles, strengthen your joints and bones, these has to be exposed to stressful demand. This means going for exercises like overhead weight lifting, or pushing weights with your legs.

You can combine Pilates with your muscle building exercises. In fact, it can even help you perform better because it gives you better control, balance and endurance. This synergistic effect allows you to maximize your exercise regimen, with remarkable results!

Myth #5 Pilates is an exercise that focuses only on strength/core strength

Pilates actually provides a comprehensive list of benefits that goes beyond core strength. It also helps develop better flexibility, bone strength, balance, movement control, muscle endurance, coordination and stability . It also helps you do proper breathing to give you better endurance as you work out.

Myth #6 You need to be fit and flexible to do Pilates exercises

There are no stringent rules on how limber or thin you are to be able to perform and experience the benefits of Pilates. What this exercise emphasizes is the fact that our bodies are designed to be dynamic and responsive. So it is through training and consistent practice you will be able to achieve your goals. You don’t need to have the agility of an acrobat to do Pilates. With a good and experienced instructor, you will be able to master the right body conditioning which will even help you improve physical conditions and needs.

Myth #7 Pilates is only for your abs

If your aim is to develop better core strength, then it definitely give your abs the work it needs. However, its benefits not only stops there. Even though it mainly focuses on your core, there are over 300 exercises that can help you work in any body part.

Myth #8 Pilates is a difficult exercise program

Aside from being believed to be too easy, some people also though Pilates was hard. Yes, it is designed to challenge people of all fitness levels but it is doable. Those who say that Pilates is difficult may not be doing the exercise properly. There are different exercises available for everyone depending on their needs and physical condition. With the proper guidance of an experienced trainer, you can get the movements right and with fluidity!

Myth #9 Pilates requires certain equipments

Founder, Joseph Pilates designed and created different equipments to enhance the mat-based Pilates programs. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need all these to do Pilates. You can simply do mat exercises and still get the same benefits with dedication and practice.

Myth #10 Pilates doesn’t make you sweat

Pilates exercises can challenge individuals of all fitness levels. It requires you to master control, balance, and flexibility. It also involves resistance training to develop better strength in your muscles and bones. Coordination and stability are also not easy to nail, but it is not hard to master with regular practice. When you eventually get into the groove of things and learn how to carry your body through the routine, you can move at a quicker pace. Just like your cardio, this can also have you sweating it out!

If you are looking for the right place to get the Pilates training you need, call us today and enroll in our classes! We even offer free trial classes for you to test the waters first. We would love to have you here as we move and flex our way to stronger body!

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