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Pilates 101

What is Pilates?

Male pilates student performs pulling straps on pilates reformer while female instructor teaches him.

If you've heard about Pilates and are wondering, "What is Pilates?" then you've come to the right place. At Pilates by Ness, in the ‘Golden Triangle’ neighborhood of Denver, we practice a more rehabilitational approach to Pilates by teaching functional movements. This allows us to offer Pilates to the greater majority of the population. As we say at Pilates by Ness, Pilates is for every-BODY! In this article, we'll break down the history, principles, benefits, all questions pertaining to “What is Pilates,” and how to get started. Pilates is a lifestyle and form of movement that's been growing in popularity and can help you build a stronger, more flexible and overall functional body.

Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on building strength, flexibility, and control in your body. It was created by a man of German descent named Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates can be done using a mat or with specialized equipment such as the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Chair, and various others which have springs and pulleys to help you perform movement.

An attractive female PIlates Instructor teaches a pretty brunette student how to do side sit up on the spine corrector
Instructor makes tactile corrections for student

What to expect during session...

Your one on one session will be a full body workout tailored to the specific needs of your body, injuries and goals. Classes typically start off with a warm up while lying down. As the class progresses you will focus on different muscle groups through exercises that have you lying supine, prone, sitting, weight bearing, standing and sometimes being in an inverted position.

Pay attention to the instruction and cues of your instructor. Their cues are important to make sure you are performing the exercise correctly, that your form is good and safe, and will help to make sure you are facilitating the movements with the correct amount of effort needed. Expect a lot of hands on instruction in your class. Most instructors like to help adjust and assist the body so you can reap the full benefits of the exercises on the equipment as well as focus on proper body alignment. This will help you become more aware in your everyday activities and will help prevent accidents and injuries. 

While classes are usually low impact and safe on the joints, you will still find it a challenging workout. Sometimes the smallest of moves can be the hardest. Also, as previously mentioned, you will likely sweat. You might not sweat like you would in a boot camp or HIT type of class, but you should find pilates a challenging workout that still makes you sweat. Remember all of the benefits that come with pilates and why you are practicing. At our studio you will be creating functional movement, by increasing flexibility, improving posture and balance. You will also see an increase in your overall muscle strength and find yourself making big steps towards your goals with every private session. Book your Private Pilates Class today!

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