Pilates is a great exercise for beginners. Pilates really is a beginner friendly fitness system. People like to do Pilates. It transforms the body quickly and effectively; creating a long, lean and strong body. Pilates is adaptable for many different body types and levels of fitness. The adaptability of Pilates exercises for different body types and fitness levels is one of its major benefits. Virtually all Pilates exercises can be modified to meet differing needs, specifically those of a beginner. Pilates is one of the fastest growing trends in fitness. But before a beginner jumps into Pilates exercises, she might want to take a moment to gain a little insight into what Pilates is and what makes it an unique and total body work out.
First of all, Pilates has six main terms. Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow. These terms refer to the basic principles applied to the Pilates movement. Pilates exercises are done as whole body and whole mind events. The Pilates Principles helps a beginner bring their full attention to the moves that are done. Attention to the moves accelerates their effectiveness, and enables the body to learn more from each exercise than it would if the exercise were done mindlessly. Joseph Pilates did not originally set the Pilates principle. Pilates principles were set later by instructors who condensed his work. Joseph Pilates originally called his work “contrology.” There are a few basics related to how you use your abdominal muscles, the pelvis and spine, and to increase your range of motion that are used over and over again in Pilates exercises.
Centering: Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the area between the lower ribs and pubic bone.
Concentration: Its is necessary to concentrate fully in order to obtain maximum results from the exercises.
Control: All Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control.
Precision: There is a proper placement, alignment and trajectory relative to other body parts.
Breath: Full breath is emphasized in all exercises. Using the breath properly is an important part of Pilates exercise.
Flow: fluidity is a goal of Pilates so that energy moves correctly throughout the whole body.
Secondly, consider this; will you begin Pilates by yourself or work with a group? These are factors to consider. Classes are recommended so that you get a feel for the exercise and work with others. By working with others, you have the support to keep on learning and motivation to continue when you may wish to stop. If you can’t join a Pilates class, there are many excellent instructional DVDs available and books from your library are a great source.