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Pilates As A Corrective Exercise: Here’s How It Can Help With Rehabilitation

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Jason Knee

Pilates As A Corrective Exercise: Here’s How It Can Help With Rehabilitation

Despite the fact Pilates is known for being an effective, accessible and fun fitness method all over the world, many people don’t realise that the Pilates method was originally developed for injury rehabilitation – and is still in fact used today to help people with injuries get back to their healthier, more able selves. If you’re a fan of Pilates, take a minute to learn more about where your favourite fitness routines came from, and how it can be an effective form of rehabilitation.

 

What can Pilates be used to treat?

Pilates can provide effective relief from back and neck pain, muscle pain, sports injuries and more, as well as helping to provide rehabilitation after experiencing loss of function due to neurological impairments such as a stroke. Pilates has even been used to help cancer survivors regain a physical sense of vitality after treatment.

While no one is claiming that Pilates is a ‘cure all’ method, there is evidence to show it is a helpful and viable option for those dealing with any of the above.

 

How does it work?

As you likely already know, Pilates helps to condition and improve the body by building up muscle strength, increasing flexibility, creating a better sense of balance and supplementing overall health.

Depending on the patient’s condition and abilities, they will be able to start with a range of easy movements to get used to moving their body again. As they build up their strength through the basic exercises, they will eventually be able to move on to higher intensity Pilates moves and routines that will help them on their path to recovery.

The fact the muscles are strengthened during the process also helps to put the patient at a lower risk of experiencing a similar injury in the future.

Another benefit is that Pilates can be a fairly low impact for those who so wish, which makes it ideal for keeping as fit as possible and staying active at times when you may not be able to handle a high-intensity workout.

 

Pilates can be beneficial even after recovery.

Even once the patient has fully recovered from their injury, they will still find themselves reaping the benefits of Pilates, such as improved coordination, balance and strength – perhaps even better than before their injury occurred. That’s why many Pilates rehab patients continue to enjoy Pilates as a fitness activity, ensuring their body will always be kept in the best possible condition.

 

If you enjoy doing Pilates for either fitness or rehabilitation purposes, check out the range here at Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia. We have everything you need to get started with Pilates or to build upon your existing routine. We look forward to helping you find your ideal Pilates products.

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Pilates On A Budget: What To Do If You Can’t Afford To Start

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Jason Knee

 

If you’ve taken an interest in starting up Pilates but don’t have a large budget for things like fitness classes or equipment, then you’re in luck.

One of the best things about Pilates is that it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of what you can afford – as the only equipment you one hundred percent need is a mat. That’s all!

So even if you can’t fit weekly classes or a Pilates Reformer into your budget, here’s what you can do to get started with Pilates.

 

Do your research.

Whether you choose to pick up a book or do your research online, you should ensure you’ve read up on the basics of Pilates before getting started. Try to learn what it is, how it affects your body and the safety precautions you should be taking while doing your Pilates workout. You could even watch a few videos of other people doing Pilates to get a feel of what it’s all about.

By getting clued up on the basics before you start the physical workout, you’ll be able to head into it in a better, safer and more confident state of mind.

 

Give videos or DVD tutorials a try.

There are hundreds of videos and DVDs out there that focus on Pilates techniques and training. YouTube is a great choice, as you can browse through as many videos as you want until you find a routine you enjoy that works for you. If you don’t like the first one you find, you can always keep searching. Different instructors and presenters have their own individual styles, so look for one that’s compatible with your personality and of course your fitness level.

Plus, it’s completely free – providing you already have an internet connection.

 

Look at lesser known studios or gyms.

If you don’t like the idea of going it alone but find classes at ‘brand name’ gyms to be too costly, consider looking for lesser known studios or gyms. Many small or independent fitness venues provide classes at a much lower rate than the big names.

Another option is to track down some independent Pilates instructors, as they may offer regular classes in outside venues such as church halls or school gymnasiums. These will usually cost a lot less than a gym-based class.

 

Purchase equipment online.

While Pro Active Pilates Equipment Australia offers a range of Pilates equipment including Reformers and Trapeze Tables, we also stock the basics that you’ll need to get started.

In the ‘Accessories’ section, you’ll find a Yoga Mat – suitable for both Yoga and Pilates. For just $34.95, you can order the only absolutely essential you need to start your Pilates journey to health and fitness.

 

To learn more about the range of products we offer at Proactive Pilates Equipment Melbourne, take a look at our online store or get in touch if you need our help with anything at all. We wish you the best of luck getting started.

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The 3 S’s Of Pilates: How Strength, Stamina And Symmetry Could Be Yours

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Jason Knee

The 3 S’s Of Pilates: How Strength, Stamina And Symmetry Could Be Yours

If you know anything at all about Pilates, you’ll know by now that it is excellent for your body and health. It can help you achieve the 3 S’s: Strength, Stamina and Symmetry; all of which are essential for improving your body in both appearance and ability. Here’s everything you need to know about how Pilates can help you reach these top results.

 

Strength

You may be surprised to learn that Pilates actually does count as a type of strength training – even though it does not include weight lifting or bodybuilding techniques.

Pilates can help to build up the strength in your muscles through challenging resistance, which will also leave you with better muscle tone as well as improved strength.

When you’re doing a Pilates workout, your muscles are being used constantly, so you’re bound to notice some change in your strength levels within the first few weeks.

 

Stamina

In addition to building up your strength by doing Pilates, you’ll also notice your stamina starting to improve too. As you become stronger, you’ll be able to accomplish more during your workout, helping you complete the more advanced moves and keep your workout going for longer. This additional stamina won’t just help you during Pilates – it can be applicable to any of your workouts or daily physical activities as you get into better shape.

 

Symmetry

As you develop your Pilates technique and continue to take part in a regular routine, you’ll find your body becomes more symmetrical.

Not only will this create a better physical look, it, more importantly, helps to keep your body balanced as you walk and move - as well as improving your coordination. This can also give you a boost when doing other exercises or sports, as your body will be focused and ready to get started.

Finally, more symmetry will also mean improved posture due to the better balance of your muscles.

 

Achieving the 3 S’s

If you’re hoping to achieve the 3 S’s: Strength, Stamina and Symmetry, it should be clear by now that Pilates is the answer. If you’ve never done Pilates, try joining a local Pilates class or even try your hand at Pilates at home using online videos or DVDs.

After a matter of weeks, you’ll start to notice a significant difference, showing how Pilates could help you go all the way to achieving your body and fitness goals.

If you’re already doing Pilates and are looking to up your game, take a look at the range of products we offer at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne. You’ll find everything you need from a simple Yoga Mat to a high-end Pilates Reformer, ensuring anyone can order the correct equipment for their level.

 

And as always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne if you’d like to learn more.

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10 Pilates Quotes To Motivate You During Your Workout

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Jason Knee

10 Pilates Quotes To Motivate You During Your Workout

At Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia, we know just how important it is to stay fit and active to ensure a healthy lifestyle. But we also know how hard it can be to stay motivated on those days when you’re just not feeling it.

If you’re not feeling up to the challenge, consider our top ten quotes to help motivate you during your workout!

 

“A man is as young as his spinal column.”

(Joseph Pilates)

If you want to stay feeling youthful and supple as you age, Pilates is the answer. Joseph Pilates himself said it keeps the body young.

 

“I do Pilates because it’s important for me to have a healthy back when I’m 70 so I’m not hunched over and in pain. That’s more important to me than being thin.”

(Cobie Smulders)

Doing workouts like Pilates that strengthen and condition your body will ensure you don’t experience as many aches and pains as you age.

 

“With Pilates, I get to bring my true self.”

(Kerry Washington)

When you’re doing Pilates, you don’t have to be anyone but your true self. You can relax and be at one with your own body; feeling good about what you’re doing for your health.

 

“Pilates is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body.”

(Joseph Pilates)

Pilates can lead to a healthy body, but it also helps you master your mind. Focusing on this as well as your fitness leads to an overall strength that’s unique to Pilates.

 

“I work out, I go to Pilates, I walk and I eat everything I can get my hands on.”

(Sally Kellerman)

While we’re not saying it’s healthy to eat everything you can, this is a great example of how Pilates can help to create a balance in your lifestyle.

 

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”

(Joseph Pilates)

When your body is fit and healthy, you’ll feel better in your mind too.

 

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”

(Anonymous)

If you don’t like the surroundings of your home or location, you can move. But if your body is poorly taken care of, you can’t just trade it for a new one. Take care of it so you can enjoy being in the body you have.

 

Change happens through movement, and movement heals.”

(Joseph Pilates)

If you’re looking to change your body or lifestyle, you won’t get there without movement.

 

“I don’t go to the gym because I don’t have time, but I do a Pilates workout for 20 minutes or more every day at home.”

(Kate Winslet)

This is another great example of how Pilates can help you keep your body in great condition, without working out for hours each day.

 

“Don’t settle for good, strive for greatness.”

(Joseph Pilates)

Even if your body, mind and health are ‘good’, don’t you want them to be great? Always strive for more.

 

So next time you’re not sure whether you’re up to a Pilates workout read through some of these quotes and you may find yourself feeling a lot more motivated! Alternatively, check out the rest of our blog to learn more about Pilates and what it could do for you. We look forward to hearing from you at Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia.

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Using A Trapeze Table for Pilates – What It Is And How It Works…

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Jason Knee

Using A Trapeze Table for Pilates – What It Is And How It Works…

If you’re interested in Pilates or Pilates equipment, you may have already heard of the ‘Trapeze table’. Although it can sound intimidating – conjuring up images of a circus trapeze – you’ll be reassured to know that it’s not anywhere near as scary as it sounds.

For anyone looking to take their Pilates routine to the next level, a Trapeze Table could be just the thing.

 

What exactly is a Pilates Trapeze Table?

A Pilates Trapeze Table is a piece of equipment designed to offer increased support, allowing the user to work on more difficult and strenuous Pilates movements and routines.

Also known as the Cadillac Table, a Trapeze table is just that – a table. It is supported by four strong posts and is designed to support the weight of the user.

Above the ‘table’ area, you’ll find additional equipment including stirrups, a bracing device and the trapeze itself, all of which are designed to help you further develop your Pilates skill set.

 

What are the benefits of using it?

Originally, the Trapeze table was created to help bedridden or wounded patients regain control and strengthen their muscles after long periods of hospitalisation.

But since then, it has become more and more associated with overall fitness.

 There are a number of benefits to using a Trapeze table for Pilates, including but not limited to:

  • The fact it can help you achieve movements that would not otherwise be possible, giving your body even more of a workout.
  • It can help you become more flexible, improving your Pilates abilities in the process.
  • It’s a great option for elderly exercisers or those with mobility weaknesses, as it provides more support than Mat Pilates.
  • It can work out multiple parts of your body with multiple purposes, including overall strength improvement, flexibility, core strength, stability and more.
  • And, as with all Pilates’ exercises, it can significantly improve the balance of your body, thereby having a positive effect on the way you carry yourself, the way you walk and even how well you sleep.

 

The Proactive Pilates Equipment Trapeze Table

If you’re looking for Pilates equipment in Australia and have your sights set on a Trapeze Table, the high-quality option here at Proactive Pilates Equipment is the best choice you could make.

Our biomechanically correct model is made from high-quality steel and features a sleek design and uncompromised durability and stability.

Not only is it a high-quality product, our Trapeze Table can also be customised in length to suit your needs.

Finally, it’s easy to clean and comes with a Life Time warranty – what more could you want?

 

If you think a Pilates Trapeze Table could be right for you, order from ProActive Pilates Equipment Australia where you can be assured you’re buying the very best.

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What To Expect When Attending Your First Pilates Class

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Jason Knee

What To Expect When Attending Your First Pilates Class

If you’ve decided to take your first Pilates class, you’ve already taken a healthy, positive and important step to a better body and lifestyle. Congratulations.

But when the initial excitement has settled, it’s completely normal to feel a little bit nervous about your first class, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

To help shake off that nervous energy, we recommend doing a little research into what to expect when attending your first Pilates class. By doing so, you’ll be able to walk right in and feel confident as you start your journey to a healthier you.

 

Firstly, research the venue online. Are there any reviews?

Look up your chosen Pilates venue online, whether it’s your gym or a privately run class. You’ll likely find that there are reviews from previous members who have given an honest opinion of the class and instructor. This gives you a basic idea of what you can expect. But remember, reviews are just opinions – take them with a pinch of salt and use your best judgement when making decisions. As for what to expect at a Pilates class as a whole, read on to learn more…

 

In most cases, equipment will be provided.

Don’t panic if you don’t want to go out and spend a lot on new equipment before committing to Pilates. You’ll usually find that the class will provide Pilates or yoga mats for you to use. If you decide Pilates is right for you, you can then go ahead and purchase your own.

 

You’ll get thirsty during your workout.

Just like any exercise, it’s important to stay hydrated and you’ll likely find yourself feeling thirsty during your routine. Be sure to take a bottle of water with you to your Pilates class.

 

Shoes aren’t necessary.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the latest sneakers or a pair of cool gym shoes. In fact, you won’t need shoes at all. Most Pilates classes are taken with socks.

 

You won’t be expected to be a pro from the start.

There’s no need to feel embarrassed or anxious if you can’t keep up with the rest of the class. Even in a beginner class, you may struggle to perform the exercises. Relax – that’s completely normal. Your Pilates instructor will give you a helping hand and ensure you’re learning at your ideal pace. And you’ll soon be keeping up and perfecting your moves.

 

So while it’s totally understandable that you’re feeling a little apprehensive about your first Pilates class, take a moment to take in these points and reassure yourself that there really is nothing to worry about when making such a positive decision for your body and health.

 

When you’re ready to make a long-term investment in your own equipment, check out the range here at ProActive Pilates Equipment Australia, where you can find Pilates Mats and more to complete your routines.

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The Best Pilates Equipment In Australia – Here’s Why You Should Choose ProActive

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Jason Knee

The Best Pilates Equipment In Australia – Here’s Why You Should Choose ProActive

If you’re a fan of Pilates in Australia and are looking to improve your routine by adding some high-quality equipment, you’re probably wondering what to buy – and also where to buy it from. Read on to discover why Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia should be your number one choice…

 

Why does the vendor matter?

The vendor you choose to purchase your products from is just as important as the products for a number of reasons.

For one, you’ll want to ensure that the company is reputable and able to provide a high standard of customer service.

You’ll also need to ensure they’re trustworthy, as you’re handing over your money and personal details.

Finally, it’s important to consider businesses that care about more than just profit and prioritise the quality of what they’re selling.

Choose a dedicated vendor who sells only the best products.

 

Finding the products you need.

At ProActive Pilates Equipment Australia, you’ll find everything you need for Pilates - all in one place. This will save you the time and energy spent on scouring the web for each item. Here, you’ll know we have what you need and can rest assured knowing the products are high quality.

 

Being careful with your budget? Pro Active Pilates Equipment can help.

ProActive offer quality products at the best price. However, if your budget doesn’t allow you to investment all at once, you’ll have even more reason to consider Pro Active Pilates Equipment. We offer payment options via FlexiRent – a leasing arrangement that requires no deposit, allowing you to enjoy our products for a simple monthly repayment.

FlexiRent is available for both personal and business use, giving you easier access to our products. If you’re buying for work purposes, you’ll also be glad to know that your repayments could be tax deductible.

Plus, when leasing your equipment, you’ll be given the option of upgrading it before the lease term ends.

If you don’t choose to upgrade, you have the option to purchase it, leaving you in control of your financial decisions.

 

Convinced? Then it’s time to take a look at our fantastic range of products.

If you’re ready to give high-quality Pilates products a try, it’s time to take a closer look at what we have available at ProActivePilatesEquipment.com.au.

 

Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia provides the nation with Professional Pilates Reformer Beds, Trapeze Tables, Reformer Boxes, Jump Boards, Yoga Mats, Foam Rollers, Pilates Rings and more. We’re sure to have whatever you need to help you through your Pilates journey.

We look forward to assisting you.

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