Pilates is a form of exercise that is very low impact and is also great for your posture and flexibility whilst strengthening your muscles and remaining active. Although Pilates is seen as a full body workout, it tends to focus majorly on the core, and is a favorite of people all around the world as there is no required equipment for Pilates. Generally, workouts for Pilates are done within 45 minutes to an hour, so they are relatively easy to fit into your day, whilst not taking much time to set-up or get ready for. Focusing on body control, Pilates uses body weight exercises to push you to your limits but keep your body in one piece with the limited impact exercises. There are a few different types of Pilates, so let's talk about each one to find which is best for you!
Before we get stuck into it, it is critical to know what apparel we need to get started.
Usually, a lot of people enjoy wearing baggy cloths whilst they exercise, and that is perfectly fine and very common. Although, with Pilates, you’re going to want to wear tight fitting sportswear that still allows airflow and can absorb sweat. Also, it is strongly recommended to stay well away from shorts, as within the movements that you conduct, shorts tend to creep up and can become revealing. We think that some tights or leggings would be better than shorts.
So, ideally, tank tops or fitted long sleeve shirts with some leggings or tights will be your best choice for when you’re going to do Pilates. And don't stress, because you can get this all from us at SportsPower Geelong.
Now, let's get started!
Firstly, the most common form is Mat Pilates. Mat Pilates is simply performed with a yoga mat on the floor, serving as a space for you to move around, on the ground and standing up, without causing wear and tear on your hands and knees, and even worse, your clothes! Mat Pilates is generally done in a big group and focuses on each participant being able to conduct themselves during the workout, whilst being social with a group and not needing individual attention or help from the instructor.
Secondly, we have Contemporary Studio Pilates. Contemporary Studio Pilates is conducted in studios with expert instructors allowing for the maximum potential of each participant to be reached. These sessions also are a lot more intimate than previously touched on Mat Pilates, as group sizes in Contemporary Studio Pilates are with a maximum of 4 people and are generally private sessions with instructors. This allows for the flaws in your exercise to be pointed out and fixed much quicker, whilst also providing a professional learning experience for all participants. In Contemporary Studio Pilates, a full range of equipment is on site for use and is quite handy and provides a unique Pilates experience. Equipment present at most studios include Barrels, Trapeze Table and Wunda Chair. These all allow an extended range of movement and also push you to exceed your bodies boundaries.
Thirdly, we have Clinical Pilates. Clinical Pilates probably not what you’re looking for if you want to get active and fit, as it is generally used for treatment of muscles or areas of the body that have been affected due to injury. Disregarding the general idea of Pilates, Clinical Pilates uses Pilates specific equipment to aid the participant with basic movement and strengthening as apart of the rehabilitation process.
Finally, Classical Pilates. Classical Pilates is very similar to studio Pilates as it takes place in a studio or makeshift studio environment, whilst conducting the most original form of Pilates there is that dates back to the 1920’s. The classic form of Pilates sticks to a specific order of basic movements to engage a range of muscles and workout the body. The downfall of this method is that it must be taught by professional instructors that have learned the basics of the style. This can mean that classes for Classical Pilates are somewhat hard to find, as well as hard to conduct.