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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Pilates

Workouts to Try, Benefits to Gain

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JIBBIE49

3/23/2010 11:58:15 AM

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Pilates began working with WW1 soldiers who were bedridden, so it was a form of Physical Therapy. He then went on to deal with Ballet injuries that the dancers had.
I plan to buy a Cadillac Reformer as there are MANY DVD's on exercises you can do.

KRISSIEJ

3/1/2010 3:29:59 PM

I started taking the Pilates class my work gym offers almost a year ago and I love it! No other workouts really kick the crap out of my abs like these do and I am definitely seeing more definition than ever before! For an at home workout, Shape's Pilates for Pink DVD is really good!

PAXNYOKES

2/19/2010 7:56:57 PM

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I've been doing pilates for a few months now and my pants are already getting baggy in the waist. My core is much stronger and tummy less flabby. After a class, I feel as if I've had a massage. I constantly tell friends and coworkers to try a class.

KATECOOK2

1/19/2010 6:18:19 PM

I have been doing Pilates for over a year now. My osteopath told me the only thing that was going to help my back and knees long term was to start Pilates. I joined a group that is run by a physiotherapist. All of us have had injuries of one kind or another. We have ten in the class and have full attention of the physio. I have never felt so good! it has aided in my weight loss of 20Kgs and my core strength helps my back. It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend Pilates to everyone. But do it properly and have someone there who can tell you if you are doing right to avoid injuries. My doctor said "Pilates is good, a nice gentle exercise". I said, "you have never done it have you?" Gentle it isn't!

EWEFIRST

1/16/2010 10:16:58 AM

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I've been doing pilates with a private instructor for just over two years. Because of ankle issues, I was having difficulty walking. With new orthotics from a podiatrist and pilates exercise and "walking lessons," I am back to enjoying walking, snow shoeing, x-country skiing - up to 60 minutes now. PLUS, I am an INCH TALLER!! And I am almost 58!

SBOYKIN

1/13/2010 10:59:20 AM

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All too often pilate instructors u ntrained and can support bad habits and/or cause real harm to those of us with bad backs, etc. I'm a living example of one who's had to undergo 2 neurosurgeries and a bout with multiple (6 severe) pelvic fractures as a result of believing and adhering to a bad teacher's instruction.

TIME4ANEWME47

12/6/2009 12:11:30 AM

I love pilates...challenging yes! But my stomach is getting more and more toned and flatter! My size 10's are even getting baggy in the waist!

TERI99

11/2/2009 7:41:18 AM

I have always had lower back aches. After learning pilates with an instructor, I found that my back rarely bothered me, because my core muscles were so much stronger. My suggestion is that if you want to try it, start with an instructor who can really watch your form. It is easy to watch a DVD and imitate the moves, but only a real person can closely monitor you to be sure you are making the best of the moves and doing them correctly.
I have always hated working out, but I must agree that Pilates has totally won me over as an awesome total body workout. I too have found muscles I didn't know I had before, and my back is MUCH better when I practice my pilates routine regularly.

CHAGRINRIV

1/29/2009 11:18:42 PM

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I have just gotten a book from the library about Pilates. I also have a DVD by Kathy Smith that is Pilates focused.

When I am finished with a work out - I feel like I have REALLY done something!

DAWNER54

1/10/2009 11:59:20 PM

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I will have to give it a try. I have done yoga but not pilates

IAMKELSEYH

1/1/2009 9:34:15 PM

If anyone is interested in trying pilates I would recommend the Winsor Pilates DVDS. When I do the workouts consistently, I see results really fast!

RAFFERM

11/23/2008 1:32:56 PM

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My trainer is a huge fan of pilates but she is clear that you have to be ready to do the exercises. She and i are working on stability and strengthening my balance before i start the core exercises. She agrees that the leg lifts are for strong participants and the lower back has to be developed before attempting that series of exercises.

CANDY13ANN

11/2/2008 11:20:06 AM

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You all try it, it is fun. If you have arthritis it helps alot too.

HISARTIST

9/30/2008 9:36:59 AM

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I love doing Pilates. When I first started, I found muscles that I didn't even know I had. It is a real workout, if you do it correctly. I agree with the instructor who mentioned that everyone is different and some will need to do modifications. I have a bad back, and yet I love Pilates because it strengthens my core, which supports my back, and if there are certain moves that bother me (i.e. the straight leg lifts), I just bend my knees, which relieves the stress.

25%GONE

9/5/2008 9:35:34 PM

I'm still not sure. I know I have a weak core but it often does seem "all or nothing". Maybe a private lesson or two with an instructor might help? I'll have to look into that.

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