The essence of a Pilates workout is quality of movement over quantity of movement. Pilates is an effective exercise discipline because it is based on precise alignment and execution of movements. Although attention to detail is fundamental tenet of the method, the ultimate goal of the Method is to move dynamically while maintaining this high level of precision.
Every Pilates exercise consists of stretch, strength, and control components. The stretch in the body is created by the strength of oppositional forces, while the mind must control the movement to keep the joints aligned and centered. Pilates adheres to the safe progression of physical fitness development: stabilization and centration of the joint, muscular endurance, range of motion, strength, culminating with dynamic movement.
We utilize an assortment of apparatus to teach the body proper alignment and to fire the appropriate muscles needed for a movement. The exercises are performed on all planes of motion with body-weight resistance, spring tension, and are repeated in different orientations to strengthen what is weak and challenge what is strong.
A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.
- Joe Pilates