Posted on April 13 2019
Pilates is the new ‘it’ thing in the fitness world after people of the likes of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Aliaa bhatt have made it trending. If you are looking forward to taking a break from your regular routine of doing weights, treadmill-ing and other mainstream gym reps then pilates is one good option to go for. Here’s all that you need to know about pilates.
What is pilates?
Pilates is your bae if you wish to strengthen your core and maintain good posture. It builds strong connection between your body and mind. It like yoga with more intense regime. It increases the flexibility of your body, tones the muscles and tightens the core.
No, it’s not an outdoor activity or aerobics so cardio is a must. It can be done with or without equipment, all you need is a yoga mat to begin with. You have to be correct with the breathing technique and precise with your moves. It demands too much drill so we suggest you start slow and always listen to your trainer.
Types of Pilates Classes
Firstly, you need to know that pilates classes are of two types - mat classes and reformer classes. The mat classes require a mat in the name of an equipment which is a little thicker in comparison to a yoga mat for providing good cushion to the pressure points.
A machine called a reformer is used in the reformer classes. It has a sliding platform with a foot resting bar, springs and pulleys that work as a friction. The reformer is more interesting in comparison to the mat exercises. It adds resistance to the move and a sliding surface makes the workout more challenging.
It’s on you for which of the two you opt for or you may have a mix of both as well. Pilates in general focuses on the concept of control rather than exhausting muscles by doing intense reps. You lift and hold the body against gravity and reformer provide added resistance to strengthen the specific muscle.
You might like wearing loose and airy clothes to the gym but hello, you are gonna go to pilates classes, right? Your wardrobe can’t be loose for you don’t wanna get strangled in your own lower and trip or your t-shirt to get stuck in a reformer. Well fitted tights and tops are suggested for pilates classes.
For footwear you may either go barefoot or wear socks with a rubber grip so that you don’t keep slipping while doing the moves.
Now that you are well acquainted with the a,b,c of pilates, now one quick tip - do not dash to the pilates class everyday. Pilates is a demanding activity and you need a couple of days to recover from the sore muscles. We suggest to mix it up with your other exercising routine like yoga, weights, swimming, etc. than only sticking to pilates for better results. We hope now you are all set to rock at the pilates classes.