With its popularity still high, classes and studios are available in every city and a range of ability levels make Pilates a great exercise option for everyone.

Some of the most important aspects of beginning any exercise regimen are finding the right trainer and location as well as making sure the routine is compatible with your day-to-day activities so that you are more likely to be maintain your exercise efforts.

Due to the demand for instructors, there are many organizations that offer instructor certification. Most certified instructors have at least 600 hours of observation, exams and practice. Don’t hesitate to ask an instructor about his or her experience and certification. You may also want to inquire about the instructor’s insurance.

Consistency in the beginning is essential to learning. One attempt is not enough to truly make a decision about anything, much less a new exercise program. Making a reward or a break from a hectic day is a great way to motivate yourself to practice the exercise regularly.

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The main difference between individual exercises and is non-impact and has little to no strain on the body, making it highly recommendable for those who have difficulty exercising due to an injury or osteoporosis. Protects the back from any kind of sprain. The workout is highly symmetrical, making sure that one side is not working harder than the other, which promotes strength, flexibility and a toned physique.

Is a very well-organized and structured physical fitness system that contains both philosophical and theoretical foundations. Its main principles are as follows:

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Concentration.

This is the most important principle in Pilates. Demands intense focus. Beginners are instructed to pay careful attention to their bodies, building on very small, delicate fundamental movements and controlled breathing.

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Control.

Joseph Pilates built his method on the idea of muscle control. Every movement is to be done with control so that the body is not thrown around during exercise.

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Centering

Uses the body in an evenly and balanced manner. All energy for exercises is said to begin from the “powerhouse” (the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks) and flow outward to the limbs.

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Fluidity and Flow

A smooth shift from one exercise to another is expected so that there is a continuous flow throughout the program. Once precision has been achieved, the exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina.

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Alignment.

Correct postural alignment of the skeletal structure is crucial, not only to get the best out of the exercise but to prevent injury.

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Breath.

Full and thorough inhalation and exhalation are a part of every exercise. Proper and effective breathing not only oxygenates the muscles but reduces tension in the upper neck and shoulders.

For most participants, is safe enough to do every day and it is recommended that beginner. Do so in order to obtain the desired rhythm and develop consistency. Once comfortable with the movements, you may want to take advice from Joseph. Himself who said, “I recommend four times a week.” Sounds like sage advice.

By Carlos Jaramillo

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