Technique of Pilates Exercise

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 14, 2012

The Pilates technique was first invented by a German doctor, Joseph Pilates. The main use of Pilates was to train injured soldiers in the First World War. From this you may conclude that most of the Pilates workout exercises are safe to practice by anyone in the world, regardless of your age, weight, or physical condition.


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Of course there are some points that you need to check to determine which Pilates exercise is better for you. There are two main types of Pilates-mat Pilates and machine Pilates. Mat Pilates are often practiced with very simple equipment such as rubber bands.

Mat Pilates focuses on your abdomen and your belly. It also concentrates on your back. So, if you are one of those who sit behind a desk for a long time every day, then this would be a good choice for you. With the regular practice of mat Pilates and Pilates in general, you will be able to get rid of your lower back pain for good. The difficulty of the workout can be determined by you, as you are the one who controls the counting, the strength of the bands that you use, or even the number of reps per exercise.

The second type of Pilates is the machine Pilates workout. There are hundreds, or may be thousands of this type of Pilates. Generally, this type of Pilates focuses on your shoulders, arms, and upper regions of the body. The beauty of Pilates is that it does not only concentrate on a part of the muscle but it affects the whole muscle. This leads to leaner and more flexible muscle. If you are looking for a better body posture, leaner body, and toned muscles then machine Pilates workouts are the best for you.

Generally, Pilates are suitable for everyone. The only difference is that you define the difficulty of the workout according to your own health status and because of this the results differ from one person to another.

Pilates breathing will help your body cope with intense exercises and it will also help in training your back muscles to give you a better posture and better back support in addition to the improvement in your back muscles.

Choose a Pilates workout according to your own level of fitness. You may want to consult a Pilates expert or your own physical therapist to know whether the Pilates workout is suitable for you or not.

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