Pilates, the exercise that brings to mind thoughts of toned bodies and kale smoothies. This workout, despite becoming globally practiced, is a workout that roots from a very precise classical practice. Pilates is a workout that has become renowned for its ability to tone and strengthen the body in a way that does not cause stress, damage and imbalance. It is an exercise that focuses on flexibility, focus and commitment to mastering it.
Classical Pilates evolved during a time of war and historical importance. Joseph Pilates was a man who was trained in many methods of physical activity, ranging form boxing to diving to gymnastics. During WW1 Jospeh was transferred to a German Camp due for alien nationals and showed skills in health and wellness that allowed him a chance to work in the sick bay within the camp. Joseph assisted patients in becoming competent in physical activity that was based on a mat and involved many of the positions and exercises that make up Pilates as we know it today.
Classical vs. Contemporary.
Pilates as we know it today can actually only really be considered a derivative of classical Pilates. Contemporary Pilates only uses a few movements and poses from Classical Pilates, whilst adding its own positions that it believes to be beneficial.
Characteristics of Classical Pilates.
- Classical Pilates is more often than not taught in lessons with one person or a smaller group
- Classes are verbally instructed as opposed to having an instructor physically guiding the class.
- Classes focus on exercising in a specific sequence that encourages flow and stamina.
- Instructors must undergo a rigorous training course of 600 hours.
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