You’ve probably already noticed that Pilates is all the rage right now – perhaps you’ve even tried it for yourself, be it Mat Pilates or using a Pilates Reformer machine.
If that’s the case, it might be time to take a look at some of the things you didn’t know about Pilates – and there’s more to it than you think...
Read on to discover some lesser known facts about Pilates and its history…
1. Pilates was originally known as ‘contrology’.
Although we now know Pilates by the name of its creator – Joseph Pilates (who you’ll learn more about below), the exercise was initially known as contrology, due to the necessary method of keeping your body and muscles in control throughout the routine.
2. Just one hour of doing Pilates will keep your calorie burn rate increased for the rest of the day.
Pilates – or in fact any type of resistance training – is scientifically proven to help give your metabolism a boost, meaning your body burns calories more efficiently throughout the day.
This gives it an advantage over cardiovascular activities, which do not continue to burn off calories after you’re finished.
3. Pilates works out your entire body.
No matter which move you’re doing in Pilates, you’ll be learning how to engage your entire body, meaning every single muscle group is getting a workout.
It’s the perfect way to ‘multitask’ during your exercise regimen, ensuring all bases are covered with this amazing routine.
4. The most recommended workout clothes for Pilates include visible seams.
You may have heard that dancers are required to wear visible seams or tights during their practice sessions to ensure their instructors can keep an eye on their muscles. But you may not have realised that the same applies to Pilates.
By choosing active wear with visible seams, you’ll be able to use them as a reference point – ensuring your body is properly aligned and you’re getting the workout that you aimed for.
5. Pilates has been around since the 1920s.
Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates – a physical trainer born in 1880. In the 1920s, he created the exercise we know and love, aptly named Pilates, after himself.
Originally, Pilates was designed for rehabilitation. It was used to treat soldiers returning from war, as well as dancers who wanted to build up their strength and relieve aching muscles. Since then, it has become a popular exercise in its own right and is used by people all over the world for fun and fitness. In fact, the 34 original mat exercises he recommended are still widely used today.
So, whether you just have an interest in fitness trivia or want to impress your gym buddies at your next class, now you know five interesting facts about Pilates that you may not have known before.
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