July 3, 2016

How Pilates on a Reformer works

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How Pilates on a Reformer works

To some, a Reformer  might resemble a torture apparatus, looking like a single bed frame but with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to regulate tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions, even standing.

We follow a “Classical/Authentic” approach to Pilates and so follow the exercise order, systems and sequences as designed by Joseph Pilates himself. The exercises and order they are taught at the Pilates Loft will be replicated in other “Classical/Authentic” studios.

Because the Reformer can look daunting we like to start all clients with a few Private Session,  this acts as in introduction to the Reformer.

We start with a beginner exercises  designed to build strength before moving onto Intermediate and Advance routines. The resistance created by the pulley and spring system provides a  challenging and  strengthening workout regardless of the level being undertaken.

Reformer exercises can be done slow, with a focus on coordination and control, or sped up for a more dynamic work out including fluid transitions between exercises. Either way, we always observe the basic Pilates principle of Stability before Mobility.

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July 2, 2016

How often do I need to do Pilates?

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A common questions is “How often do I need to do Pilates?”

Ok, without sounding like a “salesman”  –

Once a week will condition your body for other activities and serve as a maintenance program for the body, helping to prevent injuries, so is fine if you have other form of exercise in your life, or a physical demanding job.

Twice a week will provide the above benefits and strengthen your body and increase your flexibility.

Three times or more a week will not only maintain, strengthen and stretch the body,  but really start to transform your body.

 

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May 27, 2014

Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates

Joseph P head copyJoseph Pilates was the creator of a form of exercise he called “contrology”. He was born in 1883 in Germany to a prize winning gymnast father and a mother who was a naturopath. As a young child he suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. As he grew older, he dedicated his life to improving his body to become strong and lean.

By age 14, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts, later becoming a gymnast, diver, and bodybuilder. Upon moving to England at age 32, he earned his living as a professional boxer, a circus-performer, and a self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard.

During World War 1, Mr. Pilates was involuntarily interned by Great Britain to an internment camp where he taught wrestling and self-defense. He began to teach his system of mat exercises that had evolved from his belief that a stressed lifestyle, bad posture, and inefficient breathing were the root cause of poor health. He further developed his concept of an integrated system of exercise by studying yoga and the movements of animals. This exercise system later became known as “contrology”.

During the war, a flu pandemic swept through the camps. This is when the first Pilates equipment started to take shape. Mr. Pilates invented the “Cadillac” to help exercise and stretch the men who could not get out of bed. He took bed springs and reattached them to the corners of the bed frames to offer the resistance he needed to work the men properly.

After the war, Mr. Pilates returned to Germany and collaborated with well known dance and physical exercise experts. With the political and social conditions that Germany was in, however, he decided to emigrate to the United States.

reformer posesOn the ship to America, Mr. Pilates met his wife, Clara. Together they founded a studio in New York City that taught contrology, focusing on spine support and alignment, breath, the use of the mind to control muscles, and strengthening core postural muscles.

The local dance and performing arts community became devoted followers to Mr. Pilates’ studio, frequenting for special training and rehabilitation.

Mr. Pilates taught his method almost until his death, in 1967, at the age of 84. Pilates exercise has since grown to become a well-accepted, mainstream form of exercise that continues to evolve with our ever-expanding knowledge of the human body, mind, and spirit.

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