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New U Fitness First Yoga and Pilates


New U Fitness First Yoga and Pilates

 

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer Pilates Pro Reformer Home Gym Pro W/ Pilates Video


Bayou Fitness Total Trainer Pilates Pro Reformer Home Gym Pro W/ Pilates Video

 

Joseph H. Pilates' fitness method: Pilates improves one's mental and physical well-being, increases flexibility, and strengthens muscles.

The Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow are key concepts that are used to integrate body and mind. Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, "contrology" as he called it, was about "the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit".

Control

"Contrology" was Joseph Pilates' preferred name for his method and it is based on the idea of muscle control.

Centering

In order for the practitioner to attain control of their body they must have a starting place: the center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates Method.

 

Pilates Ball with Resistance Tubing and Instructional DVD


Pilates Ball with Resistance Tubing and Instructional DVD

Breathing

Breathing is important in the Pilates method. Humans breathe on average around 18,000 breaths per day. Posterior lateral breathing is a way of breathing that facilitates bibasal expansion of the ribcage, this encourages the breath to travel down into the lower lungs and cleanse the blood by the exchange of oxygen with carbon dioxide. To understand this concept properly the practitioner has to first learn to expand and release the ribcage without deliberately breathing in or out. The in-breath (inhalation) and out-breath (exhalation) should occur instinctively as a result of the conscious expansion and release of the ribcage.

Flexibility

Pilates is a flexible system that allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased (over time) as the body's condition improve and adapts to the exercises. Pilates aims for elegant sufficiency of movement, creating flow through the use of appropriate transitions.

 

Pilates Power Cord for Added Resistance Fits Stamina Pilates Reformer 2 Pack


Pilates Power Cord for Added Resistance Fits Stamina Pilates Reformer 2 Pack

Concentration

Pilates demands intense focus: "You have to concentrate on what you're doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements."

No muscle group is under trained nor over trained

The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core. It does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body. The result is enhanced core strength and increased reach, flexibility, sure-footedness and agility.

This body conditioning routine helps build flexible, long and lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core (center) that tones the abdominals while strengthening the back, and improving coordination and balance.

 

Deluxe Pilates Foam Mat


Deluxe Pilates Foam Mat

 

 

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