Fitness Minutes: (30,053)
2,800 11/19/12 5:05 A
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2,718 11/19/12 3:13 A
No, yoga, spinning, and gym workouts
Fitness Minutes: (89,891)
7,641 11/19/12 2:59 A
I LOVED pilates when I had a great teacher! I ALWAYS felt better after my 1-hr. class. She taught so well that it could be adapted to anyone at any level.
However, that gym closed and I have yet to find another instructor even close to Vanessa. -- At the gym I'm at now, they run a fast-paced session using weights. The few times I tried it, I felt like I was going to injure myself. It really had only a semblance to real pilates.
I tried many different exercise groups at NYSC here in New York. One membership fee and you can attend as many classes and use as many machines as you want. Pilates was one of them. I found yoga to be the most comforting one, though.
Fitness Minutes: (419)
153 11/15/12 11:26 A
never have but i have thought about it
Fitness Minutes: (2,193)
302 11/15/12 11:02 A
Yes, on a mat and I love it. It's done wonders for strengthening my core and back. I have problems with my joints so I started out slow. If something doesn't feel right, don't force it. Just move on to the next move. I really like the advice given here on having someone in the profession working with you to teach you proper form.
Fitness Minutes: (34,953)
2,323 11/15/12 10:55 A
I used to...but it takes some time and cardio is more intensive and quicker
Fitness Minutes: (219,040)
7,822 11/15/12 2:13 A
Fitness Minutes: (34,195)
22,341 11/15/12 12:30 A
When I was having rehab after a bad accident, the Physiotherapist who was doing the rehab sent me to another once my muscles had strengthened enough. The new Physiotherapist was/is also a practicing, qualified Pilates Instructor. We did Mat Pilates only. As you have trouble with your joints, I strongly suggest that you get a referral to a Physiotherapist who also practices Pilates, so that you can be given the appropriate exercises for you, and steered away for the more harmful ones - and believe me, there WILL be harmful ones, but they will have to assess you first.
The first Physiotherapist got me using a gym ball and initially I just did 5 minutes gentle warm-ups in the morning and again in the afternoon. After a week or so, she built on that slightly with the length of time, and a couple more exercises. It was only after my back and deep abdominals were strengthened enough that I went on to the more formal Mat Pilates.
Another thing that MIGHT be beneficial is hydrotherapy. Walking in a pool is excellent - if you are in the northern hemisphere it might need to be a heated pool!
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