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Why Pilates Might Not Be Sufficient
To Reach Your Fitness Goals

By: Zach Hunt

The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's. This form of exercise uses the mind to control muscles in the body and focuses on key muscles that keep the body balanced.

These important muscles make up one of the support systems for the spine.

By doing Pilates, you will become more aware of your breathing and of the alignment of your own spine. The ultimate goal out of this exercise system is to strengthen the muscles in the torso even though much more can be achieved by using the Pilates system correctly.

Before I explain the process of the Pilates system, it is important for you to know the history of this revolutionary fitness system. Joseph Pilates invented the system during the First World War in an attempt to improve the mental and physical condition of war veterans.

Since Pilates was created, it has blossomed into one of the favorite exercise systems in the United States with more than 11 million using it on a regular basis.

There are many principles of the Pilates system. While the exact principles can be debated upon, the general perception is that the principles are as followed: Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, and Precision. Each of these principles play an important part in the Pilates system as the full benefits and effects of the Pilates system are experienced when all of these principles are utilized.

Breathing is a very important part of the Pilates system. The founder of the Pilates technique, Joseph Pilates, believed that it was important for the blood to circulate so that the cell waste created by fatigue would be removed from the body. He also believed that the blood had to contain a vast amount of oxygen in order to remove the waste products through breathing.

Due to this fact, the Pilates system is based upon the process of correct breathing. Every Pilates exercise is designed in such a way to provide for proper inhalation and exhalation of oxygen.

The Pilates system also stresses centering. The Pilates style of exercise starts at the "powerhouse" of the body. The "powerhouse" consists of the large group of muscles located in the center of the body. Another name for the "powerhouse" is the "core", which is the term that most instructors will use

Basically, the energy generated by the Pilates system begins at the "core" and flows to the other parts of the body as the exercise session continues.

Concentration is yet another important principle of Pilates. Pilates demands a great amount of focus. From the control of your breathing to the control of your limbs, concentration is vital for a successful Pilates workout.

The entire Pilates system is built upon the idea of Control. In order to enjoy a complete Pilates session, you must have the ability to control your muscles. The action of the muscles must be carefully calculated and under control. By doing this, you will reduce the risk of injury and allow yourself to enjoy a more effective workout. Finally, Precision is another major part of the Pilates system. In order not to waste the body's energy, the movement must be controlled and precise.

The idea of Pilates are to make precise and perfect movements instead of imperfect movements that waste energy and time. That would be a basic summary of the Pilates way of life. If you are interested in starting a Pilates chapter in your life, I recommend that you contact a personal trainer to get you stared on the right track.

Zach Hunt is a pilates specialist, personal trainer and owner of Physzique, a fitness coaching service in Spokane, WA. Go here: http://www.spokanefitnesscoach.com/index.html or you can go here for more pilates tips: http://www.spokanefitnesscoach.com/articles/spokane-pilates-in-spokane.html

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