Pilates Exercises With Fun Names And Serious Benefits
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., July 25, 2018—Pilates uses some colorful, evocative language to name its apparatuses: ladder barrel, magic circle, Wunda Chair. These same colorful names extend to the discipline's exercises. No matter what the name of the exercise is, each one provides powerful benefits. For example:
Benefits: flexibility, strengthening of calves and hamstrings, strengthening of deep abdominals, shoulder stability, thoracic extension, breath with movement, proximal stability and distal mobility
Benefits: thoracic stretching, plus strengthening of the abdominals, shoulders, back, inner thighs, pelvic floor, glutes, and hamstrings
Benefits: flexibility and strengthening of the powerhouse, and breath with movement
Why They Work
These exercises work because they follow the six principles of Pilates. These principles are a distillation of concepts the discipline's originator, Joseph Pilates, taught.
- Focuses on effective and efficient use of the core muscles of the "powerhouse"
- For maximum effort and benefit
- Requires consideration of each muscle's movement in relation to another, which promotes proper movement patterns
- Requires consideration of each body part's alignment in relation to another, again promoting proper movement patterns and joint alignment
- Full, intentional expulsion of air on each breath, which works to activate core muscles. Also, controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress, which is a known cause of back pain
- Emphasizes fluidity and grace in execution of Pilates exercises. Flow is an ideal but achievable way of bringing all of the other principles together
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