This workout is about the mind just as it is about the body. You must be focused and centered to have desired results. Using your mind so intently and focusing on moving your body in a precise, controlled manner will help mental clarity and build muscle at the same time, if you want to performed this workout at home, you can do it even if you currently don’t own equipment, there is cheap used gym equipment for sale, for example these battle ropes on both individual and bulk package.
The Pilates workout is not designed to maximize the quantity of repetitions, but rather the quality of repetitions. For instance, you could do 20 reps in poor form and do 10 reps in excellent form. Trainers will tell you to go for the 10. You will see better results, experience fewer (if any) injuries and have a more positive experience if you maintain proper form.
So what are the benefits of doing exercise in such a controlled, thought-out manner? With contrology, as the founder called it, the focus is on your core. Your core is the center of your body, so your abdominal muscles and your spine are focal points.
By moving these muscles in a concentrated, well-thought-out manner, you can increase abdominal strength which affects many other areas of your body. A well strengthened core improves your posture, gets your circulatory system working better and can help decrease back pain. You will focus on your core through every exercise, whether you’re involving the legs, arms or torso.
Now you’re probably wondering how to get started with such a workout. There are numerous DVD’s and books that demonstrate the movements that bring the benefits discussed here. However, since so much emphasis is on correct form, it is beneficial to take a class at a local gym or workout studio. Learning the exercises correctly is very important to success.
Having a trainer walk you through each exercise will ensure that you are performing it correctly, thus resulting in better muscle development and strength. Additionally, since you will be doing floor work and using some machines, taking a class will give you access to the equipment you need without a huge financial investment