Introduction to FITNESS Pilates

| 05/04/2013 | 0 Comments More

Pilates is an exercise technique that was invented for injured dancers nearly a century ago by gymnast Joseph Pilates.  There are many forms of Pilates around today, all based on the original principles.

Fitness Pilates is a training option that focuses on the body as a human kinetic chain. By applying the fundamental Pilates technique and exercises, Fitness Pilates aims to offset musculoskeletal imbalances, give you a great workout and stretch.

The aim of Fitness Pilates is to identify basic postural imbalances and through Pilates based exercises:

  • Increase muscular balance and strength
  • Improve posture
  • Help your body function occupationally and recreationally at its best.

The Pilates technique focuses on strengthening the centre by re-training the mind and body to recruit core muscles. Basic Pilates involves finding and maintaining the neutral position of the spine during standing, sitting and lying positions. This is often referred to as Core Stability. By working through a range of exercises designed to distract your core, your core strength improves, along with your posture and flexibility.


Once called “the best kept secret of the chic, rich, famous and beautiful,” Pilates is now a household name. Fitness Pilates is based on the original teachings of Joseph Pilates and effective exercise prescription. Each exercise is designed to make the maximum use of your time by targeting the deep postural muscles of the body, building strength from the inside out and re-balancing your muscles.

Fitness Pilates attacks the roots of bad posture by toning little-used muscles groups in the abdomen, torso, upper and lower back, while incorporating a slow breathing technique to energise the body. Fitness Pilates moves are also designed to work the muscles of the whole body (abdominals, lower back, thighs, buttocks, calves, arms, shoulders) and to gently lengthen them. The result is a body that is properly aligned and at less risk of injury. It is a no- impact class suitable for men and women of all ages, levels and abilities, is a good way to relax and unwind and is also weight-bearing exercise so can help to prevent osteoporosis.


By Sonya Dykes Brown

FITNESS Pilates Instructor

mikebussPT Fitness Centre, Swindon


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