The moves may look simple but they take a lot of precision and control. Pilates are a great way to build your core strength, improve your posture, balance, flexibility and coordination, hone your focus, prevent injuries, increase body awareness and promote relaxation.
What exactly is Pilates? Named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, Pilates consists of low-impact flexibility, muscle strength and endurance movements that are slow and controlled. The emphasis is on proper postural alignment, core strength and balance. In Pilates, the quality of each posture is more important than the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.
It is important to note that in Pilates, you will find that you won’t sweat as your muscles are never worked to exhaustion. It’s all about concentration and breathing as you move your body through a precise range of motion.
This workout consists of basic Pilate movements. Perform these slow and controlled movements and complete eight to ten reps each. Allow yourself between 45 to 90 minutes to work through these movements. Remember to pay attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control. In addition to your cardio workouts, plan on doing this Pilate workout up to 3 times a week.
These moves will lengthen and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body, particularly your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips, buttocks and limbs.