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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There are many reasons you might be looking for an exercise routine that gives your whole body a workout. Perhaps you’re struggling for time, or it may even be that you don’t like to exercise and want it to be over as soon as possible.
Whatever your reason for wanting a ‘complete, multi tasking’ workout, you should consider Pilates. Why? Because it really does work out your entire body!
Finding a Pilates Routine
The Pilates routine you choose to get started with may vary. That’s because there are a wide variety of Pilates exercises available and different equipment options to perform these exercises.
If you attend a class or follow the instructions of a DVD, you’ll likely find that your trainer or instructor has already put together a full body workout routine that’s beneficial to your entire body.
If you haven’t yet got a routine in place – for example if you’re starting from scratch at home, do a quick online search for related terms such as ‘full body Pilates workout’. You’ll soon find one that gives you what you need. Or even better still, visit a qualified Physiotherapist or Pilates Instructor for a specialised Pilates program that is more specific to your goals and needs.
How does Pilates work out the whole body?
We mean it when we say Pilates really does work out your whole body. As a result, Pilates can make a difference to your posture, muscle definition, balance and mobility to name a few. Here’s how it effects every part of you, ensuring your body gets a highly effective, balanced workout:
Essentially, you can name any body area you wish to target and there’ll be a Pilates technique that’s exactly what you need to improve your strength, appearance and well-being.
Where does Pilates equipment come into play?
To strengthen and align your body even more effectively, one option is to introduce equipment, such as a Pilates Reformer or Trapeze Table.
We have a lot more information on Pilates here at Proactive Pilates Equipment Melbourne, so check out our other blogs to learn more about improving your strength, stamina and symmetry through Pilates.
You’ve probably noticed that there’s an ongoing ‘trend’ in Pilates participation over recent years, due in part to the fact many big name celebrities enjoy Pilates and use it to keep up their ‘Hollywood physiques’.
However, Pilates is a far from the latest fad diet or cool new fashion trend. In fact, we’re certain it’s here to stay for the long haul. Here’s why…
Pilates has been around longer than you think.
Pilates isn’t some new fad. It’s actually been around since the 1920s. Invented by Joseph Pilates, it was originally created as a rehabilitation treatment for soldiers returning from war, or those with a physical career such as dancing.
It soon took off from a health and fitness perspective, and as they say, the rest is history.
There’s a reason those celebrities are so into Pilates.
Celebrities and trending health influencers aren’t just doing Pilates to look cool. They’re doing it because it genuinely works!
Many of these stars need to keep their body in fabulous shape to ensure plentiful opportunities in their industry. So why would they waste their time on a workout that isn’t effective?
Instead, they choose Pilates… a workout that will develop strength, alignment and balance all in one.
It doesn’t require an A-List salary to get into.
Although your favourite A-listers likely have their own high-priced Personal Trainers or Pilates Instructors to guide them, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Pilates on a lower budget too.
If you are already paying for a gym membership, you may find that Mat Pilates classes are included.
If you are not a member of a gym, many fitness centres and gyms allow you to ‘pay as you go’, so you’ll only need to pay for your Pilates class if that’s all that takes your interest.
Alternatively - if you are really on a budget, you can do Pilates from your very own home using DVD’s or even the web. There are a number of Pilates routines available to view on streaming sites and YouTube, so take a look around and find one that works for you.
It’s a tried and tested workout that can help you get any part of your body into shape.
It’s a known fact that Pilates works out every part of your body – not just one targeted area. As it takes strength and balance to complete each movement, all your muscles will be hard at work throughout your routine, promoting length and definition from head to toe.
So with all of those points in mind, it’s clear that Pilates is more than just a trend – it’s an important and beneficial exercise technique that will continue to be well loved by people all over the world – celebrity or not.
When you’re ready to start Pilates, we’ll be here to provide you with Pilates Reformers, Trapeze Tables, and accessory equipment. Just call us on 0402 158 006 to get started.
So, you’ve decided to start Pilates. That’s a great step in your journey to a healthier body. However, just like with any new activity or exercise, it’s time to go shopping and stock up on everything you need to get started with your new found routine.
Read on to learn more about what you’ll need to purchase… from the essentials to the more expensive add-ons that will complete your approach to Pilates.
Firstly, you’ll need to think about what you’re going to wear while doing Pilates. You’ll need to invest in comfortable, flexible, form fitting clothes that will not slip around as you perform the variety of movements and positions during your Pilates workout.
Additionally, it’s also recommended that any clothing you choose should have visible seams. This is so that you can ensure your body is properly aligned, well balanced and that you’re not leaning one way or another.
Shoes are not worn during Pilates, so you won’t need any specific kind. If you don’t like to be barefoot – especially if you’re attending a class rather than doing Pilates at home – you may choose to wear thin, barrier socks, provided they have adequate traction.
As well as attire, you’ll probably want to have all your bases covered with ‘accessories’, such as a water bottle to keep you well hydrated throughout your workout.
After you’ve chosen what to wear, it’s time to move on to what you’ll actually need to get started. If you’re looking to begin Pilates at the gym, you’ll find that they’ll provide everything you need. However, if you’re getting into Pilates at home, you’ll require a few items.
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a personal Pilates trainer come to your home, you’ll need to have a quality pilates DVD – as well as setting up a device to play it on. In most cases, this will be the space in your living room in front of the TV. If so, there’s no need to purchase anything else.
The only other absolute essential is a mat. This gives you a comfortable base for your workout. It should be big enough to support the size of your body and be at least 12mm thick to ensure proper cushioning and comfort during Pilates.
Other basics may include a foam roller and / or a Pilates ring - all of which can be easily purchased online.
If you want to take things a little further, step up your Pilates game and develop even more significant effects from your workouts, you should consider a Pilates Reformer (also known as a Pilates machine) or Trapeze Table.
These will give you the opportunity to expand your Pilates repertoire and build even more strength.
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Though most people today are aware of Pilates exercises, there's always a discussion on Clinical Pilates VS. Pilates. Proactive Pilates Equipment would like to shed some light on how Pilates and Clinical Pilates differ from each other in its blog post.
Pilates, originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, based on the principles of improving movement, strength and control. Whilst Pilates has numerous associated benefits, Clinical Pilates has a specific focus on each individual’s injuries, pathologies and specific physical needs. Clinical Pilates, with the specialisation of physiotherapy and exercise physiology knowledge and training, is able to adjust, modify and prescribe Pilates exercises that meet your individual needs, based on clinical assessment.
From a learning and strength training perspective, Pilates, in particular, reformer-based Pilates is a wonderful tool to improve core stability and strength. In the original design of Joseph Pilates’ equipment, these exercise machines were designed exactly the way your body and more importantly, your brain learns new tasks, exercises and movements. It is amazing that without modern neuroscience, Joseph Pilates was able to design equipment that involved.
Generally speaking, Reformer based Pilates provides these elements to a larger degree than Mat based Pilates.
Clinical Pilates adds that additional element of clinical knowledge to all the Pilates exercises. The specific choice of Pilates exercises that you do is the difference between a program that works optimally for each user.
ProActive Pilates Equipment offers professional Reformers that are ideal for a clinical setting. Moreover, individuals can also use our ProActive Pilates Reformers at home with a specific program from their physical therapist to manage injuries, reduce pain, and greatly improve their health and well-being.
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Want to build your very best body? If so, it's time to give Pilates a try! This training method has been around for decades but continues to increase in popularity as more people experience life changing results.
The health benefits of Pilates are backed up by science. Pilates can help you get leaner, stronger, and more agile. In the long run, it builds core strength, improves joint flexibility, and shapes your body.
Still not convinced? Here are some undisputable health benefits of Pilates for men and women both:
Develop a Strong Core
Core strength is essential for maintaining good posture and working out safely. The muscles in this region support your body and allow you to bend over, run, and perform everyday movements. Pilates hits your core hard while fixing muscle imbalances. In a recent study, women who did Pilates for 36 weeks strengthened their core by 21 percent.
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Build Lean Muscle
This training method strengthens and elongates your muscles while burning fat. Over time, it improves body composition and gets rid of belly fat, back pain, and flabby arms. Compared to strength training, Pilates is safer and puts less stress on your joints. This makes it ideal for beginners and people with knee or back problems.
Keep Your Joints Healthy
Pilates has been shown to increase joint flexibility and range of motion. For this reason, it's extremely beneficial to those suffering from back pain or recovering from injuries. Most exercises can be adjusted to your fitness level, so there is no need to push yourself to extremes.
Exercise Anytime, Anywhere
If you want a full body workout that requires little or no equipment, Pilates is the way to go. The vast majority of exercises can be done at home, in a hotel room, or in the office. All you need is an exercise mat. However, if you're serious about working out, try the Professional Pilates Reformer Bed. This piece of equipment is specially designed for Pilates exercises, offering a fun yet challenging training session. With the Pilates Reformer Bed, you'll be able to try new moves and take your workouts to the next level.
For more details or queries, give Proactive Pilates Equipment a CALL today. We'd be happy to help.
There is no more recognisable piece of Pilates equipment than the Pilates Reformer. And understandably so. The Pilates Reformer has a significant impact when you first see one and even more profound impact on the mind and body when you start using one.
Reformers are assembled in Pilates studios throughout the world, with classes becoming increasingly more popular. And in recent times, Reformers are gaining more prominence as part of people’s home exercise equipment.
So what makes the Pilates Reformer so special?
To start with, we’ll give you some background information on how a Reformer works and then elaborate to the amazing benefits that using this piece of equipment can provide.
WHAT IS A PILATES REFORMER?
Pilates originated from Joseph Pilates, who devised Pilates as a new approach to exercise and body conditioning in the early years of last century. To undertake this new exercise regime, Joseph created an ‘apparatus’. This reformer was a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called a carriage, which rolls back and forth the frame through the use of wheels. The carriage was attached to the frame by a set of springs of varying levels of tension, that provide increasing resistance as the carriage is moved along the frame.
At the spring end of the reformer there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. This can be used by the feet or hands by the user to move the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. These straps can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well.
Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. The parts of the reformer are designed to be adjustable to accommodate the differing body sizes of each user and for varying levels of skill.
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HOW IS A REFORMER USED?
One of the features of the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, using additional accessory equipment, upside down, sideways and with all kinds of variations. The reformer is unparalleled in its ability to train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways - with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.
More features, uses and benefits of Proactive Pilates Reformer Equipment
THE BENEFITS OF USING A PILATES REFORMER
The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
When we talk about strength building and Pilates - the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.
The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It promotes the length we want to create in the body for optimal movement. And it trains the body to sustain that length. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones. And there is a special feature: eccentric muscle contractions. This is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.
The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance. For example, having less of the body on the carriage is one of the ways Pilates exercises get harder. It means more body weight has to be supported by the user, and the body and machine have to be controlled even more from the core. Paradoxically, when the springs are on a lighter setting some exercises are more challenging for the core because it has to work harder to control and stabilize the movement. The stronger core, the better the balance, posture, and overall well-being.
Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness. It's no wonder the full name of the reformer is the Universal Reformer.
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