Pilates is the "New" Strong

Pilates is the "New" Strong

The Early Days...

Back in the 70's and 80's there really was only one option for fitness training, become a member of a local gym. You would go and do an assessment, get a program, be shown how to do it, then off you went on your own for 3 months until the next assessment.

The program was stock standard…15-20 minutes cardio, maybe eight exercises on fixed equipment, crunches and a stretch. There was probably only a handful of females in the gym who were actually doing strength training with most sweating it out in the aerobics room.

The Fitness Industry Grow Up...

Two changes happened in the fitness industry in the early 90’s that revolutionized how we approach strength training today.

The first was the development of PERSONAL TRAINING. It’s hard to believe that personal training only really came in to existence in the early 90’s.

The second development was the discovery of FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING and its benefits. It happened slowly, but over about 10 years, combined with the growth of personal training, fixed gym equipment started to get the flick and all types of crazy functional equipment appeared on the market.

PILATES was still largely unknown and only practiced by a small handful of people. mostly from the dance community.

But FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING and the PILATES approach to postural strength are really aligned and work beautifully together…it’s just that nobody seemed to realise it!

So, why is Pilates is the “new” strong, (but not really “new” because it has been around for nearly 100 years).

Pilates is a very unique way to work the body and there is no other strength training method like it.

Pilates is about movement principles and is a philosophy of movement, not just about exercises. It is unique in its ability to develop the deep postural muscles, and the bigger “moving” muscles at the same time, thus creating structural integrity at the same time as power. 

You cannot create postural integrity by just doing FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING. You need to learn and understand PILATES and then incorporate it in to the functional strength training.

Pilates was originally created as a strength and fitness workout.

Joseph Pilates had a dream.

It was for everyone to experience the highest quality of life they could by being physically fit and capable of “performing everyday tasks with zest and zeal”. And so he created his mat exercises for people to do in their homes at no expense.

And he practiced what he preached. A natural athlete, he participated in all sorts of activities from boxing, wrestling, skiing and many others.

Over the years, the fitness aspect of Pilates has been over shadowed by the “injury/rehab” aspect of Pilates. The pilates method of exercise is quite remarkable in its ability to help people overcome injuries, but once you’re over the injury…you need to get strong and bullet proof!

So it just makes sense to marry both functional strength and fitness training and the pilates method of exercise and  create a “new” approach to strength, fitness and wellness.

The Six Stages of Pilates Strength

1.Build structural integrity in your body with postural strength and alignment

2. Learn what good movement is and how to create it in your own body.

3. Rehabilitate any injuries

4. Learn dynamic strength training with Pilates principles

5. Move faster, get the blood pumping, have a healthy heart and lungs

6. Challenge your body…there is no finish line.

The Pilates Plus team are dedicated to enabling our clients and as many people as we can to experience the “New Strong” that Pilates is. We believe that Pilates really is the foundation to live a healthy and happy life and we are just as passionate about it as Joseph Pilates was over 100 years ago.

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