A: I actually get this question a lot from friends, family and clients. And it got me thinking what distinguishes Pilates from traditional fitness. In Pilates, we don't need to do a lot of repetitions, sets or loads that are typically done in a gym setting. Learning how to get the most from each exercise right from the very first repetition is always the goal. Actually, the more advance we get in our Pilates practice, often means a lower number of reps is required (sometimes 5-8)! We work within Joseph Pilate's mind and body approach to movement which was founded on principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. The aim is to cultivate a whole Mind-Body connection that focuses on the quality, not quantity of each movement.
A well-balanced Pilates program moves the spine in multiple planes. In Pilates, there is such a wide variety of movements and exercises that include flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation etc. Pilates adds a variety of movement rather than simply repeating multiple sets of the same exercise. It is important to acknowledge the need for spinal mobility in all planes of motion. This is where Pilates training shines! As a student improves, he or she learns new exercises or more challenging layers, thereby gaining a wider spectrum of movement. Joseph Pilates did not always teach the same exercise in the same manner each time and also taking into account different bodies. This is a very different philosophy then traditional fitness that I have totally embraced.
We work with Pilates in order to enhance performance in daily living or sports performance with ease and without pain. The work we do is considered one of the safest and most effective methods of exercise and muscle conditioning.
STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor, BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders, Trigger Point Bodyworker