Pilates is an exercise system designed by a man named Joseph Pilates in the 1900’s.
The Pilates discipline encourages a holistic approach to exercise emphasizing balance in strength, breathing, flexibility, core strength and full mind-body awareness.
While core strength and abdominals is what Pilates is most known for, Pilates is a program that offers a variety of functional exercises that can aid individuals throughout life.
It is a program that is low impact, high results and applicable to multiple groups from the serious athlete, to the newbie, young, old, pregnant, injured and those with serious and less medical conditions.
Pilates emphasizes form over reps with the idea that the more you can improve with the form, the less reps you will have to do to maximize the essence of the exercise. Each exercise is performed with the six pilates principles in mind:
In each exercise, you focus on the body as a connected series of parts. While there will always be a primary mover or target in an exercise (legs, arms etc.), the rest of the body needs to be engaged to stabilize to get the safest, most efficient, and most effective exercise.
Pilates can be done on a mat or on apparatus that offer resistance through pulley systems, springs and ones own body weight. The machines include the reformer, Cadillac, Wunda chair, ladder barrel and step barrel.
There are many benefits to incorporating Pilates into your exercise plans. It can help with posture, back pain, injuries and many medical conditions. It is not only for women or dancers. Men, women, kids, non athletes, athletes, performers, professionals, seniors and more reap the benefits of pilates.
Mat and apparatus work include hundreds of exercises that can exercise every single part of your body, whether you are recovering from an injury or training for a big event.
As an instructor, Allegra been trained in contemporary pilates via the Balanced Body and Fuse methods. What this means is that she teaches a form of pilates that is rooted in Joseph Pilate’s original method, but infused new exercises, sequencing and music that make it different than what is called a "classical" Pilates style.
All you need to know is that it will be very good for you and a lot of fun!