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A Skeptic's Guide to Pilates

Think Pilates Isn't for You? Think Again!


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  • After tearing an SI tendon, I turned to Pilates to help prevent re-injury. It's been amazing! And I grew an inch taller due to the spinal flexibility and posture benefits! Never giving it up. - 10/19/2010 12:37:53 PM
    Afer reading this article I am going to dust off my Pilates DVDs! - 8/26/2010 1:02:35 PM
    I have pilates DVDs, but always wanted to take a class. I've had difficulty finding a pilates class. Well, I discovered there was a pilates studio down the road from me. I was estatic. I checked it out and found that it's a pilates studio with the actual machines used in pilates. Unfortunately, it's almost $100 a session. So, I'm stuck with the DVDs. I can't imagine them staying in business for that price and with the way the economy is. - 5/4/2010 12:42:20 PM
    I have alot of lower back pain. I am going to give pilates a try and see if that helps. I never would have considered had I not read this article. - 4/7/2010 9:41:52 AM
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    I took a pilates course for four years before the instructor moved. I was trying to gain flexibility, and I did that, but also developed muscles. As someone who had not thought of rolling over or doing shoulder stands, etc. for about 40 years, I definitely became stronger, posture improved and I felt able to do anything. I had just found another instructor before we move. Have kept it up with dvds, but would like to find another class! - 4/1/2010 8:06:53 AM
  • I will need to give Pilates another try; thanks for the encouragement! - 2/2/2010 6:28:40 PM
    "Starting as a skeptic, I became a believer, practitioner and instructor in a matter of months." Thanks "Coach" Nicole for demeaning what it means to be a true Pilates instructor. Unfortunately, in today's fitness industry, anyone can purchase a title and have very little training to back it up. By the way, Pilates was originally and still is a fantastic whole-body strengthening program and incorporates strength training in the form of body-weight exercises like push-ups, and resistance training using lighter weights, bands, and reformers. Rock on, though - do what you like and like what you do, but don't call yourself an expert when you're not.
    - 1/2/2010 11:49:21 PM
  • I am so grateful for this article - I truly love Pilates and found that it did me so much good - particularly of course my core muscles. Like too much else I just let it go and the benefits with it. Coincidentally I heard yesterday that my lovely Pilates instructor is back in the area and combined with this great article I have the motivation to get back on track with one of the few exercise systems that I actually enjoy. Once again I have SparkPeople to thank for encouraging me back onto the strait and narrow. - 10/4/2009 11:55:13 PM
  • I've never tried a Pilates class..or a video course because I'm always afraid I'll do the moves wrong & get no benefit or even WORSE hurt myself. However, after reading this article & watching the 12 minute SP video I realize that my "gentle core" instructor is utilizing Pilates-based moves. I can tell you that those deep abdominals DEFINITELY get a workout! - 9/3/2009 3:49:07 PM
  • Pilates is rather deceptive. It looks so much easier than it is. If you do it right, you will feel it. - 9/2/2009 10:04:06 AM
  • I'm interested in Pilates; I can see how it would be great for core strength and flexibility. But I can't do the exercises. Many of them involve using parts of my body that have been injured to the point where any pressure is painful. I'm hoping that as I lose weight and become more fit, my pain will decrease and I'll be able to try them.

    I was surprised to see people say that Pilates helped their Fibromyalgia. I do a stretching regimen that can help but thought the Pilates would be too strenuous and cause more problems that it helped. - 8/25/2009 2:10:24 PM
  • When I started pilates, I could barely walk. I was introduced to this method by my physical therapist. It has become a way of life for me. According to my instructor, while traditional pilates does not offer aerobic or weight training benefits, there are modifications that do. - 7/26/2009 6:01:39 PM
  • I actually think if you choose the right pilates method, it can be harder than regular strength training. I was a skeptic too. I have three pilates dvds, one is traditional pilates, it didn't do much but the other two are definitely great substitutes for strength training exercises (they are a bit modified version of pilates, they require light handweights). I lost a lot of inches in a month, I see a lot of definition, especially in my abs, so I don't think I will be going back to the crunches anytime soon :) - 4/29/2009 11:19:11 PM
  • this exercise has been the mainstay of my prevention for fibromyalgia & over worked muscle pain for a while now. Time & patience to get to where it is finally comfortable in the movements is necessary, escpecially for those who are extremely obese or un-used to stretching/exercise. But it is well worth the effort in the end results! - 4/22/2009 3:28:12 PM
  • I have been taking reformer pilate classes for over a year. The benefits are amazing. When I first started, I had severe back issues. I tried physical therapy, steriod shots, a chiropractor, and nothing worked. I can now touch my nose to my knee with no back pain, and I'm 58 years old. I've lost my midriff, and have extremely firm abs. My results have been so great that my husband has started taking classes with me. I'm hooked on pilates. - 12/19/2008 6:08:17 AM

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