The History of Pilates
*The 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.
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 Pilates
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. Pilates is not about building 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.
Pilates appeals to a number of 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
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.
Pilates was set up to create 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.
Pilates is excellent exercise for everyone no matter their
shape or size. In fact, many videos and exercise clubs have
created classes for people with disabilities, arthritis,
general strength or weight loss issues, different strength
issues, and even for pregnant or birthing mothers.
About the Author
Shannon Beaty has been practicing Pilates for over 10
years, and has been a Pilates instructor for over 6 years.
She teaches at the Johnthan Club in Loas Angeles and
oversees their entire Pilates Program.
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