What is Pilates?

Pilates was invented by, Joseph Pilates, a German born in 1880. During World War I Joseph was imprisoned in a camp. .

Pilates was initially made to improve the rehabilitation of war veterans. When Joseph Pilates later moved to New York, he brought his practice to the attention of actors and dancers. Only much later in time it became popular, partly because Madonna started practicing the sport. Nowadays millions of people practicing Pilates.

Pilates Purpose

Pilates is a training method for the body. The ultimate goal is to create a balanced muscular system. Strained muscles are relieved and neglected muscles are reactivated. Eventually there is a balance between the different muscle groups.

A Pilates training focuses primarily on training and activating the so-called powerhouse: these are the deep abdominal muscles, the pelvicmuscles and the muscles that stabilize your back around the spine. If you train these muscles you will build a good core of muscles. Once this core is powerful enough – if you have scoliosis or other back condition, the spine will focus automatically to its natural position.

Here’s an example of a Pilates workout.

Why Pliates?

A trained body can also be reached with other training methods. Pilates however is a real special type of training. It combines the benefits of yoga (flexibility, concentration and coordination) with the benefits of strength training, which is cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. With Pilates Training your body is not only powerful but also agile and flexible. Number of repetitions plays an important role in regular strenght training workouts. That does not apply to Pilates. The intention is that the movements are performed controlled and concentrated. The number of repetitions is of less importance. The mental presence, with full consciousness perform the exercises, plays an important role. It determines the final quality of the training.

There are a number of distinctive aspects of Pilates with respect to other training methods: Several muscle groups are trained at the same time. The body is considered as a whole, not as a collection of different muscle groups. The movements are also performed on the rhythm of your own breathing. The breathing stays with other training methods often overlooked.

Pilates: for who is it?

For the lazy! For couch potatoes (the “couch potatoes”), as the Americans say, that surprise is not to have a flat stomach, toned body and a thin and muscular legs without making any effort …
Sports and dancers who need to take care of their body a little more smoothly.
For stressed that evil everywhere, and this is normal, especially in the back that focuses tensions due to stress.
To all those who dream to have a nice figure, firmer, more comic: that is, to us all!

In the p90x3 package there is also a pilates workout.