Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, this workout method which he called ‘Contrology’ has grown to enjoy world-wide popularity. This is because it provides a full-body workout that targets, tones and strengthens muscles, develops balance, and even has notable benefits for concentration and stress management. This workout is most popular in Western societies, with the number of instructors in the US sitting at well over 20 000 strong. If you have been taking an interest in this unique form of exercise, here is a little more about its benefits, how it is done, and even how you can become an instructor.
What are the Benefits of Pilates?
Pilates holds a number of benefits for both the body and the mind. Frequently practicing this discipline will ensure that you maintain better posture, will give you a sound sense of bodily and spatial awareness, and will help you burn fat, target and strengthen muscles; all while developing a strong connection between your body and mind. Pilates is also excellent for improving flexibility, strengthening the core muscle group, and will increase muscular control in your back and limbs.
What Equipment Do you Need?
When joining a group class, fitness facilities that instruct Pilates generally supply everything you need. Mats (that are slightly thicker than those used for Yoga) and various contraptions, bands and Half-balls may be used as well; though if you are not an instructor, you won’t have to worry about that. Just bring some water, form-fitting clothes. When working-out, tie up your hair and remove jewellery, accessories and make-up to ensure that you don’t experience any discomfort while working out.
How Can You Become a Pilates Instructor?
If you want to take your Pilates experience a little further by making it your career, then you may be interested in finding out how to become an instructor. One of the best ways is to immerse yourself in classes to get as much experience and practice as you can, while enrolling for a comprehensive Pilates certification course, which will teach you everything you need to know about running your own Pilates classes. When looking for a course, be sure to opt for one that holds accreditation from a governing institution that provides you with local and international accreditation, to expand your working opportunities.
If you would like to know more about how to become a professional Pilates instructor, contact one of our representatives from the Trifocus Fitness Academy or visit our website to learn more about the courses that we have on offer. Let us be the bridge to your fitness career, today.