If you haven’t yet given Pilates a try, you may have a vague idea of what it is and what it’s like, purely as a result of hearsay.
But how do you know that what you’re hearing about Pilates is actually true?
There are a lot of myths and ideas out there that couldn’t be further from the truth. So take a look at these common misconceptions and you may be pleasantly surprised.
The ‘stereotype’ of Pilates is that it’s just for women. However, it was originally designed by a man – for men. Even today, many male athletes and teams take part in Pilates as part of their training to stay fit and flexible.
Pilates and yoga are often lumped into the same category and are sometimes seen to be ‘the same’. However, they’re not at all. These two exercise methods require different movements, different exercises and even a different state of mind.
Pilates is often written off as being an ‘easy’ workout that won’t be a challenge to anyone who’s into fitness. Wrong! Pilates can be suitable for people of all abilities, and some moves and routines can be fairly intense. Pilates is designed to continuously work on your strength and movement, so will always provide a new challenge.
You do not have to be naturally flexible to start doing Pilates. In fact, one of the main points of Pilates is improving your flexibility and movement. We all have to start somewhere, so don’t be afraid if you can’t get into certain positions. With time and effort, you’ll soon see remarkable and rewarding progress.
You may have heard of Pilates after reading about celebrity Pilates routines in magazines or on gossip sites. And while it’s true that many celebrities are big fans of Pilates workouts, it’s so much more than just a celebrity fad.
These stars are doing Pilates for a reason. It’s great for the body and keeps them healthy, strong and lean for their performances and movie roles.
So as you can see, while these are all common thoughts about Pilates, none of them is true in the slightest. Let go of your previous misconceptions about Pilates and give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.
When you’re ready to get started, take a look at our range of Pilates equipment at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Australia. We have everything from your basic yoga mat and accessories to Pilates Reformers for home and studio use… We’re sure you’ll find everything you need to get started on your path to Pilates.