Pilates schools have grown from the principles of Joseph Pilates to our days, and continue to grow. With the wide range of different classes and types of Pilates that exist today, we want a little more PoleStar, one of the schools with more growth in recent years.
Juan Nieto y Blas Chamorro they are the current CEO of Polestar Pilates in Spain, a school of Pilates that is characterized by promoting a healthy lifestyle on a global basis: for Polestar, the practice of Pilates goes beyond sport, becoming active in the life of the individual. With them we’ve talked about the basics of Pilates.
Why should anyone, athlete or sedentary, start practicing Pilates?
We all need to move: are designed to be in motion. Whether it’s Pilates or any other discipline, important thing is that we move. We have joints that do not move them, lose their function and their ability. By what Pilates? Because it is a system of training open to everyone, and adapts to any kind of level, even with pain. The key is that the system adapts to the person, and is not the person that adapts to the system.
PoleStar brings a Troubleshooting System: We use Pilates but we could use any other method. We teach people a series of ideas that can be applied in any situation and in any other sport. We teach people to be critical, to think and evaluate. It teaches to think who is the customer what you need, what you want to do with it which exercises you can choose to achieve their goals, and how can be modified to facilitate the movement or to challenge him…
We are coaches of minds through the body. We teach a working system. We also have a great sense of community.
Of the five basic principles of Pilates, do you daríais priority to any of them?
PoleStar takes the ideas of Pilates, but adapts them for the 21st century: Thus, we have our own principles. We work with the five basic principles and one more, which is the of integration of the movement. For us this is very important: we see the human being not only as a physical entity, but as a psychological, emotional… We try to find a global vision and holistic: we not only teach exercises, but rather we try to influence a healthy lifestyle, which was what was talking about Joseph Pilates.
Pilates is only a small part of a style of life: We try to give this movement and of all the body’s systems integration.
In many Pilates classes an utmost importance is given to the breathing: everything is inhale and exhale, even spending a lot of time “just breathe”. We believe that breathing should be a natural, integrated in the movement: the movement provides the breathing, and breath facilitates movement.
As for the work on the ground or on machines, would priority is given to one of the two things?
No, everything is equally important: at the end what is important is Pilates, not machines or the soil. If you have clear principles, contraindications to the exercises, modifications… at the end the machines or the soil is just a tool.
For whom is Pilates? Is it for everyone?
We do not believe that Pilates is for everyone. Everyone can benefit from Pilates, but there are people who have other objectives or other goals. People who do exercise can benefit from some exercises, principles… and apply them in other fields. At the end the important thing is to allow people to move.
Is Pilates fitness? Can it fit within the concept of fitness Pilates?
Pilates is movement, While the fitness is more entertainment: always have to invent new things or use new materials to which people are entrentenga in classes. Faced with this, Pilates all you need are the machines of the study or, if work on the ground, not even that.
Fitness and Pilates have a common goal, What is the of educate the people that have to move, but for us, Pilates is much more honest. Is more directed towards persons inside to the muscle that you see in the mirror: more internal and less bussiness.
Of course, Pilates Pilates sessions can be fun, but it is somewhat secondary: fun should be the consequence of the fact that I have learned to move well.
What would be the basic physical quality to practice Pilates?
Have a flexible brain and the chance to explore. We need flexibility of mind and openness both instructors and clients. We are coaches of minds through the body: movement patterns are in the brain.
This also influences in the functional outcome: We ask people to tell us what result are looking to get with Pilates in their daily lives. This, moreover, is a plus of motivation: Pilates is a means to achieve movement out of Pilates class. Our goal is that people move better outside the Pilates class, which don’t make the perfect exercises: that whatever happens in the environment, people can adapt.
And the qualities that should be a good Pilates professional?
Above all must have a good knowledge base and know thinking on the client before thinking about himself. Even if you’ve learned a few new exercises and you are willing to put them into practice with your client, you must think if really are those exercises what your customer needs. With a good training base you can modify each movement to adapt it to what your customer needs at all times.
In addition, a good Pilates instructor must be an excellent Communicator: resources for communication with the student through images or tactile they are very important for a good professional, and it knows to use them at the time and place.
What sports are what most can benefit from the practice of Pilates?
Any sport that contains jumps and elastic energy, as boxing, running, jumping… Are sports which, versus those that maintain a static stance as cycling, they need a good body awareness, good work of organization of our body and good execution of movements.
All sports need of the Pilates as a tool to prevent injuries: If I organize my body well and I move efficiently it is much less likely that I injured playing another sport, or even in my everyday life.
Some sports that we can relate with the Pilates environment, precisely because of that body control and efficiency of movement can be it Capoeira, the martial arts or the Boxing.
Now that it is so fashionable, does Crossfit with Pilates training?
The concept of Crossfit is phenomenal, but analysis of the movement is missing, that is what we do in Pilates. You can’t put a person who does not have sufficient dorsal flexion on the foot to perform a deep squat, because you will not be able, and there is a risk of injury.
In this sense, the Pilates has a commitment to health with body, and you can serve very well to avoid injuries in other sports, including the Crossfit.
Some favorite exercise? And any attachment?
It is very complicated! If I have to meet with one, choose the assisted squats on the Trapeze, the squats seem a fundamental exercise: If a person does well a squat almost can ensure you that does not have back pain and that is going to perform well in all aspects of his life.
In terms of tools, I would stay with the Theraband or roller, or a small ball.
Thank you very much for taking us to this time and teach us a little more about what is Pilates!!