PILATES IS WORTH MORE EXPLORATION AS MY AGE OF 73 IS STILL ADVANCING ALONG WITH THE ARTHRITIC BACK IS STILL ADVANCING IN ITS DETERIATION.
12/5/2013 8:36:03 AM
Dave, if you read current articles about fitness, I think you would learn that a well-rounded fitness program includes cardio, strength building and flexibility. And yes, we do need all three. Pilates is just one route to accomplish one part of this. I have practiced yoga for over 15 years. Most of my peers (I am 73 years old) have lost anywhere from 1/2 inch to several inches in height. I still measure the same 5'6" that I measured at age 20. On the other hand, I have lost 3" from my waist in just one month of doing pilates 3x/week.
I agree that pilates is one of the current crazes -- like kettle bells or spinning, but the fact is that it works. it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is to strengthen the core. As for strength, have you tried holding plank for 3-5 minutes? How many push-ups do you do daily? How long can you hold bridge pose? Are you aware that most back pain comes either from weak abs, or from overly tight Quads, hamstrings and IT bands?
And yes, most dancers become dancers because of the bodies they are born with. They don't develop those bodies through dancing. I for one, am not looking to become a ballet dancer. But I wouldn't mind having the leg strength of a ballerina (without the foot deformities!)
BTW, you might want to read up on the history of Joseph Pilates and his methodology. If I remember correctly, he developed his PT programs to help WW I vets with postwar injuries, and he ended up attracting many professional dancers.
As for the quality of this article, I found it a little rushed. I think a video on these important basics should perhaps have been twice as long! But bravo to SP for attempting to set the record straight.
11/24/2013 9:31:58 AM
Folks this not actual exercise. I know Pilates is popular but there are much better, and safer, ways to get in shape. And you can not lengthen muscles, it's impossible. Ballet dancers have lithe bodies sure, but that's why thy are great dancers and it's not from something like Pilates. They were chosen, or they chose, dance because of their body type. You need to do actual progressive resistance exercise to make real improvements in muscle tone and strength. There no real reason to worry about flexibility unless you are a gymnast or whatever. There's no great health benefit to being flexible that I'm aware of.
I have recently added pilates to my fitness 'menu', and this was an excellent video to help me understand how to get the most out of it!! Loved the part about the breath!! Thanks Coach Nicole and SP for another great video education to help us take our fitness endeavors to the next level.
10/24/2013 7:48:54 AM
Great refresher - it is always good to go back to basics every now and then
10/20/2013 2:37:36 PM
I can't get the intro to pilates to play because of cross domain policies. Is that an issue with all the pilates videos on sparks people of am I the only one having problems viewing it.?
Thank you for these tips. I would like to try Pilates again because core work is what I need. I have often experienced neck pain when trying to do some of the Pilates exercises. This video helps me to see there are ways of moving without trying to overdue it.
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