What is pilates on the equipment?
Pilates exercises and its philosophy were developed by German-born Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) and was originally called Contrology in the 1920's. His philosophy includes six principles of concentration, centering, control, precision, breathing, and flow. Pilates equipment consists of Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel, and Mat. The Reformer is the main piece in which five levels of exercises are layered into your body to strengthen your spine and core. The remaining pieces have beginning, intermediate, and advanced exercises that are also layered into the body. Equipment and exercises are selected by the instructor based upon clients' experience, skills, ailments, and are tailored to the goals of the client. Pilates equipment provides feedback to strengthen the deepest layer of the three abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominus, through the use of springs for resistance. Mat exercises are the most challenging to perform correctly for there are no springs/resistance to provide feedback into your spine and transverse abdominus, consequently, resulting in low back pain. Modifications of some exercises are then required for your body to increase core strength and achieve balance.