Guest Blog: Busting Some Pilates Myths by Geoff Howard
Busting Some Pilates Myths
This article was authored by former personal trainer, Geoff Howard.
Getting in shape is something that is on the minds of many health conscience individuals today. People are joining gyms in droves, are eating better foods, and in general are turning to a lifestyle that is healthier for them. With all of these health changes people are looking for the types of exercises that will work best for them and their fitness needs. Many people have begun turning to Pilates in an effort to help them get into the physical shape they want. Most people however, if they are not familiar with this form of exercise firsthand have a number of preconceived notions about it. Let’s go ahead and bust some of those myths.
Pilates is Not Yoga
One of the first things people think of when they hear the word Pilates, is that it is the same as yoga or that it originated from yoga. This is a fallacy. Pilates is not a derivative form of yoga and the two are not interchangeable. The two may share the goal of a mind, body, and spirit union, however, how that union is accomplished is done differently.
Pilates is an Easy Exercise Only for Women
One of the first things that have to be noted is that although more women attend Pilates classes, or do it at home, Pilates is very much oriented for both sexes. The incorporation of Pilates programs into men’s sports training is more prominent than before as trainers are seeing the benefits that come from this form of exercise.
Anyone that has ever done Pilates can tell you it is not easy. If it is, then you are not doing the various movements required in the exercise correctly. Pilates when done correctly focuses on engaging your core muscles at their deepest levels. Only by doing them properly, will the individual get maximum benefit from their chosen Pilates program.
Pilates Requires Equipment and Only Works the Core
One of the great things about Pilates is that it does not require extra equipment. All you need to do a Pilates program is the desire and a floor mat. For those that are interested, there are additional pieces of equipment available, but they are never required. As for only working the core, Pilates does focus on building core strength, but the overall concept behind this exercise program is to work all the muscles in the body and to increase not only muscle strength but also muscle flexibility. By performing a variety of movements, the individual is able to gain greater core strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Pilates is something you definitely want to consider if you are interested in building some lean muscle mass.
Pilates Benefits Everyone
The good thing about Pilates is that it is designed to help people of all flexibility levels and all ages. Anyone that has the desire can find a Pilates program that will work for his or her specific physical needs. Many classes have been created to accommodate people who have undergone various health issues. People who have undergone knee or hip replacements, knee injuries, back problems and countless other medical problems can find a Pilates program that will help them get healthier and stronger. No longer do individuals simply have to live with whatever health issues they have suffered. With positive results seen in all ages and physical levels, Pilates continues to be an exercise program that many people are turning to in an effort to improve their lives.
About Geoff Howard
Geoff Howard owns Mutant Nutrition. He is a former personal trainer and has a passion for everything relating to health and fitness.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!