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Cross training: Pilates for Beginners

04/02/2009

Yesterday, I attended my first Pilates for Beginners class.  I learned and enrolled in my Physiotherapist clinic, at Doyle’s Physiotherapy in Pyrmont.   Since I like my physio practitioner, Anabelle, that during my sessions with her we were chatting and learned that she teaches Pilates aside from doing therapy and her stretching recommendation and exercises she thought me worked.  Aside from that, it was a very smart suggestion that she told me to do Beginners first than the advance, compared to other Pilates lessons that do not care the levels of their students doing different stretch positions, that can stress more the body than helping it improve.  She says it is more of a Clinical Pilates Physiotherapy rather than the usual Pilates they teach in fitness center and gyms.

So I thought, because I already somewhat have recovered from the “injury” I can do Pilates as my cross training, and they do it once a week which just suits my schedule and the proximity from my workplace.

So what’s Pilates? According to wikipedia

pronounced /pɪˈlɑ:ti:z/, is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. Joseph Pilates designed a system of exercise based on aerobics and Yoga postures of Surya Namskaras.

Pilates was formed during the First World War with the proposal to improve the rehabilitation program for the many returning veterans. Joseph Pilates believed mental and physical health are essential to one another. He recommended a few, precise movements emphasizing control and form to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing key muscles. Pilates created “The Pilates Principles” to condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement.

Pilates called his method Contrology (from control and Greek -λογία, -logia), because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.

Pilates does its magic quickly and effectively; creating a long, lean and strong body. It is adaptable for many different body types and levels of fitness. Yet another key to Pilates broad appeal is its emphasis on core strength and mind excercises supporting functional movement – a foundation that translate well into the physical demands of everyday life without strain and keeps our body conditioned, toned, balanced and strong.

Review:
Price/payments: 160AUD/4 sessions for a month.  1 Hr/session.  Cash/creditcard and can be covered by your health insurance
Location: very good
Schedule: good/after office hours, every Wednesday18:30-19:30
Arrangements: good, reception follows up and reminds you of the schedule
Mood: relaxed environment
Number of students: 6 + 1 assistant
Equipment: all provided, clean and sanitized
Instructor: Well versed and knowledgeable.  Being a therapist for injuries and sports injuries, she is more aware of the body and fitness rather than just of fitness.  Aside from that, she gives brief explanation of why are we doing that stretch and what’s the class about.
Challenge: Fair, instructor gives more challenging stretches to students who find the activity too easy, and recommends that if you find it too easy, you can advance to the next class without having to go through the beginner’s class and pay another fee.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 09/02/2009 11:39 pm

    Talk about informative GREAT POST!!

    Thank you 🙂

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