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FITNESS: Pilates: Five Points To Know

FITNESS: Pilates: Five Points To Know

“Pilates: Five Points To Know” written by Michael Dermansky published in Great Health Guide (April 2017). Most of us are familiar with Pilates as it is a very popular form of exercise. Use these five points to discover how you can transform your Pilates program from mediocre to great and meet your fitness goals!
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Fitness: Pilates: Five Points To Know

written by Michael Dermansky

Pilates is very popular form of exercise in the gym, in Pilates studios and physiotherapy clinics, but having instructed Pilates for the last 13 years, there are a few elements that make the difference between having a mediocre and a great program.


The following five points are important to know so that you can achieve your goals using Pilates.

1. Core strength is only a small part of Pilates:

Core stability is not enough for great body function. Although working on your core strength, the control of your abdominal (transversus abdominus) and direct back stabilising muscles (multifidus), is the principal that should be engaged during all Pilates exercises; it is only the beginning of a good Pilates program. The aim of any good Pilates program is to work your core stabilisers as you strengthen all the muscles of your legs and arms.

2. Pilates is a great strengthening program:

Pilates is just like any strengthening program, with all the principles. As in any great strengthening program in the gym, you need to overload the muscles (do something more than they are used to doing) for them to grow and improve. A good instructor will ensure that you are working to your maximum capacity without injuring yourself.

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3. A good Pilates program should not be the same all the time:

To get the best from your Pilates or any strengthening program, the program should vary regularly. During everyday life, you do varying activities, which do change depending on your day, your plans and the demands of your life. Your Pilates program should reflect that. The more your program varies, the more motor patterns you learn and the more useful your program is to your life.

4. Rest is the key to your great program:

Like all strength programs, rest is just as important as exercise. Your muscles and brain patterns grow when you rest, not when you exercise. So, exercising two to three times a week, then resting and allowing your body to adapt and grow, will get the best result from your Pilates program.

5. Specificity is the key:

A generic Pilates program doesn’t work for anyone. Pilates exercises, just like any exercise program, should be tailored towards your needs alone. Only if the program reflects your goals, your body’s specific injuries or weaknesses, will your program be effective and achieve your desired outcome.

Whenever you start your Pilates program, make sure you speak to your instructor about your goals and needs. Always make sure that the program is targeted to your specific needs.


Author of this article:
Michael Dermansky is a Senior Physiotherapist and Managing Director of MD Health Pilates, with 17 years’ experience of treating clients from all walks of life, from 6-year-old children all the way to the age of 92. He can be contacted through his website.

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