1-on-1 Pilates exercises is a version of an exercise developed in the 1920s which has become fashionable for its ability to build strength and flexibility without adding bulk The benefits of pilates are explained in our dedicated article.
Pilates exercises were named after Joseph Pilates. He worked to become an accomplished skier, diver, gymnast and boxer and opened his first studio in New York City in 1926. Because many of the exercises focus on posture and body alignment, his approach quickly became very popular with dancers.
A typical 1-on-1 Pilates session lasts between sixty and ninety minutes, and concentrates on a number of very precise, localised exercises. While some exercises are performed on a mat and are thus suitable for small groups, others use special machines involving pulleys, springs and weights, and must be tailored for one-on-one instruction.
More than anything, 1-on-1 Pilates is concerned with the alignment of the spine. Therefore, exercises are very precise, and must be done with the hips, knees and shoulders also aligned. More complex than most other forms of exercise, it teaches you about breathing with movement, body mechanics, coordination, strength and flexibility.
Where regular weight training works one muscle group at a time, with these exercises the focus is on a series of controlled movements that work muscles in several positions. It is excellent for developing the core muscles, working the pelvic and abdominal muscles in order to strengthen the lower back and improve overall posture.
In recent years this has become very popular at health clubs and spas. While it is suitable for anyone, it is particularly appropriate for:
- Developing core strength and body awareness
Pregnant women - both pre and post natal
Rehabilitation work (especially spinal)
Athletes and dancers
So check it out - it might be just the work out you are looking for.