What is Pilates?
Pilates helps to achieve
and maintain mind-body balance, physical and mental well being. Regular
Pilates exercises form our body firm without adding bulk.
Pilates training consists of more than 500 specially designed and formulated
exercises. Physical demand is increased gradually
to prevent over-stress and injury. Special yoga-like
breathing keeps the patient focused and increases his or her endurance
providing sufficient oxygen for the body.
Pilates, the founder of this method, developed more than
500 exercises. Training starts with basic exercises
on the ground, so called MAT. Pilates equipment is
suitable to eccentric exercises, i.e. muscle strengthening
and stretching at the same time. This is fundamentally
different from traditional fitness strengthening which contracts
muscles and adds bulk.
opened his first studio in 1926 in New York. Among his first students were
Martha Graham and George Balanchine.
was previously a secret training for Hollywood celebrities
available for everybody. Madonna is one of the biggest
stars who keep their shape and fitness level up with Pilates
even sang about it.