Pilates is a great way to bring balance to the body. And don’t think it is just for women. Men do it too. There are so many great reasons to do Pilates. Not only does it strengthen muscles, it is a great way to lengthen contracted muscles. Not only is it physical, it is mental too. Are you ready take the Pilates challenge?
History of Pilates
The exercises were developed back in the 1940s by a guy called Joseph Pilates who first used the yoga-like moves to rehabilitate Second World War soldiers. He then modifies the style for injured dancers and so the modern day method was born.
Why Pilates are good for you?
When our muscles are weak they make compensations for each other which lead to instability and injury. Take your back for instance: if your posture is bad, your lower back and hips will then adjust themselves accordingly which means they’re essentially out of whack.
Pilates encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements. It heightens your body awareness which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength. It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.
This Pilates workout program uses a Pilates circle. You can do this at the gym, home, or even traveling.
Beginners: 2 sets /15 reps
Intermediate: 3 sets/20 reps
Advanced: 4 sets/25 reps
Full Body Pilates Circle Program
Upper Body Exercises:
Straight arms squeeze forward
Straight arms squeeze above head
Straight arms squeeze behind
Straight arms squeeze side
(do each side)
Lower Body Exercises:
On side-inner thigh squeezes
On side-outer thigh squeezes
Laying down on back-inner thigh squeezes
Laying down on back-outer thigh squeezes
Floor bridging-inner thigh squeezes
Floor bridging-outer thigh squeezes
Laying down on back-straight leg inner thigh squeezes
Laying down on back-straight leg outer thigh squeezes
Inner thigh crunches
Outer thigh crunches
Straight legs-inner thigh crunches
Straight legs-outer thigh crunches