No matter what your level is, what your age is or what your gender is you will be pleased to know pilates is for everyone! The three core principles of pilates are control, precision and breathing. Pilates works the whole body simultaneously; while you’re stabilizing one body part, another is moving. Some movements or ranges of motion may need to be smaller at first and increase over time as you become stronger.
To get the full benefits always go for quality over quantity when completing exercises. Remember it is not a competitive sport so don’t rush.
Pilates breathing increases your lung capacity and is the precursor to movement. Deep breathing through the rib cage and diaphragm ensures the core is always engaged. Having an engaged core strengthens muscles of the lower back, abdominals, glutes, hips, inner thighs, and the pelvic floor.
When engaging the core muscles during Pilates exercises, aim for a subtle activation versus bracing or gripping. Think of your trunk as wrapping and lifting as opposed to “sucking in your belly.” It can often feel like learning a foreign language when you’re getting started. Try to approach the movements with a spirit of exploration, and you may be surprised at what you discover.
If you had to choose one thing to focus on or master in the beginning, it would be your breath. Your breath adds vitality and serves as the key to efficient core engagement. It’s the foundation of every exercise.
Consistency is the key to improvement. Three times a week is ideal for me. Aim to find a rhythm that works for you. As your self-awareness increases, you’ll be more in tune with what your body needs.
I have attached an article which compiles a range of great Pilates videos as well as a 45 minute reformer workout. All for FREE! Try them out and let us know how you get on with them. Tag us on Instagram @pilates.matters to show us you doing the workouts.