Pilates has different levels from beginner to advanced and it takes time to perfect it.
Pilates and yoga are very often clubbed together in the same sentence and at times used interchangeably when they shouldn’t.
Many of us know the difference between the two and in the same breath, many don’t. Today we will focus on pilates, what it is, it’s benefits, the different types and what equipment is needed.
What is it and what are the benefits?
Pilates is a form of physical activity that was initially developed by Joseph Pilates. In fact, he named it Contrology.
Pilates is a series of controlled movements which help to improve flexibility, build strength and endurance, improve coordination and balance, develop a strong core and overall control of one’s body. It focusses on a lot on alignment and breathing. In pilates, there is a strong focus on developing a strong core, which is often referred to as “The Powerhouse”.
The core consists of the muscles of the abdominals, the lower back and the hips. Pilates has different levels from beginner to advanced and it takes time to perfect it.
Stott pilates. Picture: iStock
There are six different types of pilates:
This is the original pilates developed by Joseph Pilates which uses exercises on the mat and apparatus. The difference between classical pilates and other types is the resting position which is the posterior pelvic tilt.
This type of pilates only uses a yoga mat and your body. The focus during sessions is typically on core strength hence it is the preferred pilates for those with back pain.
This type of pilates uses a machine called the reformer which is a bed-like frame with a platform and springs. Most of the exercises on the reformer are similar to the mat exercises with the difference being added resistance from the springs, straps and ropes on the reformer.
Reformer pilates. Picture: iStock
This type of pilates is based on the methodology of the classical pilates but differs based on the style the teacher prefers to use. It is also often used for injury rehabilitation and therefore depends on the different injuries.
This type of pilates, developed by Moira Merrithew, uses a variety of different equipment such as the foam roller, stability and BOSU balls. This type of pilates is a great choice for those wanting to improve their balance.
This type of pilates, developed by Mari Winsor, focusses on weight loss, shaping and toning the body. This method utilises classical pilates exercises in a specific, non-traditional order. As a beginner, I would start with mat pilates and progress from there.
Zulu is a qualified biokineticist and co-founder of PopUpGym. Follow her on Instagram: @letshego.zulu; Twitter: @letshegom; Facebook: Letshego Zulu
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