• 5 Things To Know Before Taking Pilates Classes

Pilates has over the years gained popularity as a method of reducing chronic low back pain. Pilates is an exercise routine developed by Joseph Pilates that emphasized on strengthening the core of the body. This includes the back, pelvis and abdominal muscles. Before you sign up for your classical Pilates classes, there are a couple of things you need to know about Pilates methods:


1. How It Works

So, Pilates, what exactly does it entail? How does it work

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on routine, breath control, flexibility, strength and balance of the whole body. Numerous benefits come with Pilates. First, you’ll be able to improve your body strength, control, and coordination followed by posture, core strength, and balance. As you are taken through the Pilates exercises, six principles will be emphasized. The principles are as follows:

  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Breathe
  • Flow

2. Pilates Reduces Lower Back Pain

Contrary to popular belief, Pilates does not cure lower back pain. Before you get discouraged, it has been shown to reduce low back pain more efficiently than other forms of exercises. In a survey of Effects of Pilates Exercise Programs in People with Chronic Low Back Pain showed Pilates to be more efficient in reducing low back pain. There are numerous causes of lower back pain, each with its definite and supportive management plan. Pilates falls under the supportive management of low back pain. Read more about the benefits of Pilates for your lower back pain here


3. Pilates Is Not Uniform For All

Many people believe that Pilates is just a combination of everyday exercises; however, this can be potentially harmful to those adopting the training blindly. Pilates exercise and routines are tailor-made to suit the specific needs of a client, especially those with lower back pain. It is essential to have a professional instructor take you through Pilates for precise guided movements. Instructors will also encourage you to wear form fitting clothes so they can see your movement better, ensuring exercises are being done correctly. Learn more about the dedicated instructors of Performance Pilates here.


4. Quality Is Key

Beginning Pilates is an exciting task with the thrill of starting a new routine. As a result of such enthusiasm, many people tend to overdo it, in a bid to cover as much as possible in the shortest time possible. Just like any other thing, the quality of your Pilates exercise supersedes quantity. That is why it is critical to have a well trained and experienced instructor for your Pilates. You could be doing three hours of wrong Pilates daily and end up having no results or even sometimes detrimental consequences. Performance Pilates has seasoned trainers with vast experience in Pilates to ensure this does not occur. 


5. You Need To Be All In

If you are one person who signs up for something and ends up quitting halfway through, then Pilates is probably not for you. Pilates needs dedication, perseverance, and a strong will of mind. This is because Pilates concentrates on the mind as much as it does the body. The power of concentration must be harnessed for the best outcome possible. As you prepare to sign up, prepare your mindset, additionally.


Get Started

Now that you have a better understanding of Pilates and its importance, you can get started with Classical Pilates at Performance Pilates. For further inquiries, clarifications or sign ups, please get in touch with us.