There are two type of Pilates. Pilates Reformer and Mat-based Pilates. Mat-based Pilates is performed on a mat and does not require expensive equipment. Mat-based pilates is a way to exercise the entire body with gentle stretching and movement. Here are 9 benefits of doing mat-based pilates:
Pilates is a great workout to strengthen and develop the core, spine and develop the pelvic floor. It is comprised of stretching and movement. It isolates muscle groups and improved core strength and stability. It aids in improving posture and balance. Practitioners develop improved flexibility. As the core is strengthened back pain is alleviated because the core is supporting the lumbar region of the spine. Pilates is easy on the joints because there is no jumping or additional pressure on the joints. There is a need for a great amount of concentration because the mental focus is placed on maintain form. Pilates also strengthens the pelvic floor. It is a great exercise for women overall but specifically for women in childbearing years because of its focus on the core. Pilates elongates and strengthens while it improves muscle elasticity and joint mobility.It is used to train multiple muscle groups simultaneously which makes it ideal for individuals recovering from injury, improving sports performance and improving posture. It is performed in either a reclining or a sitting position.
If you are considering taking a Pilates class, begin with mat-based pilates. Since it does not require equipment the cost of the class will be much less costly than reformer based pilates which uses expensive equipment. Click here to find locally based classes in your area.
Bring comfortable clothes to wear. The class is about stretching so comfortable fitting clothes are advisable. Make sure that your cleavage is covered and your pants are not tight or constricting. Many wear yoga pants or sweat pants. Bring your pilates mat. It is a bit thicker than a yoga mat. It is also best to bring water, socks and a towel. Pilates is generally performed in bare feet or socks.
Class is generally 55 minutes to an hour. It is conducted usually in large studios with mirrors so you can always check your posture. It is always advisable to arrive a few minutes early so you can introduce yourself to the instructor and let them know any health concerns that you may have so they can offer modified movements if necessary. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t able to perform all of the movements or stretches. It takes time to build your core and with practice you will be able to over time.