Long time work is identifying with the Pilates method with kinds of relaxation in which there is no muscular work, and there is nothing further from the truth. Today we will see Why is Pilates not relaxation, What kind of work is done and how it affects our body.
As we have explained in other posts, Pilates is a method of work based on six basic principles which could well be applied to other disciplines, like working with weight. Perhaps the most important principle is the involvement of the core or central area of our body (PowerHouse for the pilateros), which ensures a intense muscle work throughout the session.
It is clear that the intensity of a Pilates session may change depending on the planning of the work, the medium that we use (suspension Pilates, Pilates Mat, Pilates machines…) or even of each instructor. But Pilates sessions tend to be muscle work of moderate to high level sessions.
Working the abdominal muscles in Pilates
Pilates is a method of demanding work, because request the participation of the deep muscles of the abdomen during the execution of all the movements. The activation of certain muscles such as the transverse of the abdomen can be hard to get at first and requires much concentration, since they are muscles that are not visible and difficult to locate.
Only done to maintain the control body and especially on our muscles of the core during the session is already impossible to be something of a relaxation. We must not confuse the fact that most of the exercise are carried out in the supine position with be lying idly.
Pilates and muscle strength
Within the method Pilates there are, in addition to the various schools, several types of the method that can increase the intensity of the exercises. From Pilates Mat (or Pilates) in the soil we can use different attachments such as fitball, foam roller (a roll of foam), Magic Circle or magic ring… All these elements are used to work the muscle strength.
Pilates never works with weight, but with resistance: in fact, the basic principle of study of Pilates machines are the resistances created with springs. If Pilates we work on the ground, we can include in our sessions the elastic bands with different levels of elasticity to work with varied resistances and work the muscle strength.
Another possibility is the of the Pilates in suspension: for me is the hard and demanding of all the variants that I know, since the work of the core is multiplied because of the instability.
Pilates and flexibility
One of the big questions that tends to make people is whether Pilates are stretching: is not a kind of stretching, because it also implies muscle strength, but if we are going to elongarnos and stretch.
Flexibility is a quality basic work with the Pilates method, since there are many exercises that will not be possible to perform properly unless we are flexible enough. Many movements will demand us the maximum degree of elongation of muscles, within the security.
Working with the Pilates method We can increase the ROM or range of motion of joints, thus preventing its deterioration and loss of lubrication of the same.
Pilates and muscle endurance
Another of the physical qualities that we work with the Pilates method is the muscular endurance. Basic exercises like the Hundred or one hundred us demand maintain the contraction of the muscles during a long period of time.
This, in addition to muscular endurance, It makes us work force isometric. This type of muscle contraction involves a continuous muscle work in which there is a positive phase and another negative of the repetition, but the muscles working on during the entire movement.
In addition, one of the bases of the Pilates method is the control of the breathing, diaphragmatic and intercostal: correct breathing which will help us to control movements, give them fluency, oxygenate muscles and thus make gain in strength and endurance.
As you can see, the work with the Pilates method is far from the kinds of relaxation, do hard your Pilates classes at trabjais?
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