History of Pilates
In order to understand the basics of Pilates
and why it can work
for you, you
first need to understand where Pilates came from. Pilates was originally formed in Germany by
a man of the same name, Joseph
Pilates had many health
afflictions as a
child. The boy wanted to overcome the hardships he faced. He hoped
exercise would not only boost his morale, but also his body’s
defense against his illnesses.
The year was 1880 when Joseph
Pilates was born. During his
youthful years, he tried a number of things to try to strengthen his
body. After several failed attempts to create the perfect program for
his frail form he came up with the series of movements we now know as Pilates. However, it
wasn’t until the 1920’s that the movements Joseph
created were truly perfected.
One of the things that make Pilates so great is that the
movements and exercises you do seek to give you strength and
flexibility, but not to build any serious amount of bulk to your frame.
is not about
muscle, it is about working with your body and not against it. You need
to be able to take what you have been given and make that work for you
before attempting anything else and that is the philosophy that Pilates was founded on.
As you learn more about Pilates
you will find that it is
designed for each person’s body. Pilates will align your bones
through a series of movements and this will allow your body to work
with less strain thanks to the activity of exercise you are achieving.
appeals to a
people. It doesn’t matter what type of person you are or what
level of training your body is at. Pilates can help you improve your
body’s natural functioning as well as help boost confidence
and your mental wellness.
The most wonderful thing you will discover about Pilates is that you
don’t have to suffer through the movements to feel better.
You are training your body with intelligent design and therefore you
will not need to work twice as hard, as you may have to do with other
work out programs.
was set up
balance within your body. This will help you to realign your bones and
can also help to improve your posture. Another positive feature is the
lean muscles that you will form thanks to your workouts.
is excellent exercise
everyone no matter their shape or size. In fact, many videos and
clubs have created
for people with disabilities, arthritis, general strength or weight
issues, different strength issues, and even for pregnant or birthing
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