What is Classical Pilates?
In three words, Pilates is Stretch, Strength and Control
Pilates is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago. Originally called “The Art of Contrology” or the “Art of Control,” Pilates offers over 500 exercises on the mat and different apparatuses. Each exercise is meant to be done with the 7 Principles of Pilates and 5 Parts of the Mind throughout the workout:
Concentration, Centering, Control, Precision, Flow, Breath, Rhythm
Parts of the Mind:
Intelligence, Intuition, Imagination, Memory, Will
Pilates instruction begins with building a “powerhouse” or “core” with all of the muscles surrounding the spine including the abdominal muscles, low back and buttocks. This whole body exercise program works on building long, lean muscles. For this reason, it has attracted many dancers, however, anyone with or without an athletic or dance background can benefit from Pilates. It can be done on its own or as part of your workout routine. It provides great exercise benefits, strengthening and lengthening your muscles while correcting your posture.
In Pilates, the “no pain no gain” theory is thrown out the window. Instead, exercises are done in a safe but challenging manner with seldom more than 10 reps at a time. No matter what your fitness level may be, you will begin with the basics and continue forward as you are ready.
What To Expect?
Pilates is exercise for the whole body. You may experience muscle soreness during or after your workout lasting up to three days. Muscles that are “working” or “burning” are okay to feel. This is sometimes thought of as pain to those who are not used to working out. However, you should not feel real pain during or after your workout.
Although the instructors at The Workshop are highly educated in teaching Pilates, we are neither doctors nor physical therapists. Please communicate with your Instructor about what you are feeling so that we can best adapt the program to your needs.