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9 Myths & Misconceptions About Pilates

The Truth about the Pilates Method

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  • NKENGEP
    I found Pilates is great for my flexibility and core but I still have to do strength training for the rest of my body.
  • An interesting read!
  • very useful points thanks for sharing
  • Pilates and running are the only exercises I have done CONSISTENTLY since I started exercising. Other exercise trends have come and gone for me, but not these two.
  • BANNERMAN
    Thanks for sharing.
  • I add Pilates & Yoga stretches to the end of my daily cardio workout--they're great for staying flexible and feeling good after your workout...but I never found either to be a full workout! I still need to walk on my treadmill & pedal on my exercise bike to get my heart & lungs pumping!

    Glad I don't belong to a gym--those classes sound WAY too expensive for my budget!
  • Good information going to use this.
  • I have done Pilates for over 10 years, both mat and reformer. I highly recommend it. My core strength has improved. It also has helped with balance and flexibility. Find a good instructor when you start out. My introduction to Pilates was a mat class. There were 10 of us in the class. The instrucotr was able to assist everyone and taught us proper technique. I have also taken reformer classes, again I recommend these classes.
  • I tried this a long time ago thru the community center. After reading this article, I have a feeling that the instructor was not one of the better ones. Maybe should try again?
  • Very informative, may try it sometime.
  • The person who wrote this article didn't do her research correctly. Go back and actually read the history of Joseph Pilates and what made him develope his protocol. I too am a "Master Pilates Instructor" and did my research before becoming certified. Read up, kiddo!
  • Pilates is expensive. I kept getting my neck hurt, craning up trying to see whether my form was proper by looking at the other students. But I had an inexperienced teacher. Back in the day, Moira Stott had a pretty good beginner mat work video. But I don't know if it was made available in DVD form. My dance instructor made us do a lot of Pilates exercises, though we didn't know that then. That was back when only dancers did Pilates.
  • I am 70-ish and have done Pilates for 3 years. It is amazing for helping me with balancing and making the most of my aging body. I smile when I think of how newbies come in thinking it will be something so easy. They get corrected right away and a lot of them don't return. But having a skilled instructor help you use proper form is vital. I love how my instructor corrects our form patiently and skillfully. I hope I can do this for a long, long time!
  • I tried it and got nauseated. I have a problem with motion sickness, and even doing certain kinds of exercises or movements will make me instantly sick. I also went to a yoga studio for their introductory class and got horribly sick.

    Too bad. I'd like to be able to do both yoga and pilates. But it's out of the question for me.
  • The photo used for this article probably is used to show that you can be fit from pilates. But the photo has probably been photoshopped, otherwise I would recognize that woman with such long arms from at least college basketball or volleyball.

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