There are always unending myths and confusion and rumors about subjects that inspires true passion in people, such as Pilates! With that said, we are here to provide some clarity. Don’t be discouraged by hearing things like “Pilates is just like Yoga” or “Pilates is too easy.” Sadly, those are only a few of the couple of myths you hear about Pilates. Next time you hear people talking about Pilates, tell them what you know from one of our classes.
Here are a few of the most common myths about Pilates we’ve heard over the years:
Pilates is only for women
Nothing could be further from the truth, when you consider that Pilates was developed by the man Joseph Pilates. A majority of male athletes use Pilates as a perfect complement to workouts that include weight training and cardio. Football players, golfers, and NBA stars have all been seen practicing Pilates at Pilates on the Beach!
You have to be flexible for Pilates
Most of our clients are not very flexible when they begin training with us – Pilates is the system that helps unlock your flexibility! Practicing Pilates on a regular basis will increase your flexibility and range of motion compared to the regular stretches following other forms of exercise. All exercises can be modified or adapted to suit each individual’s flexibility level.
Pilates focuses too much on core
While Pilates does build core strength, it is emphasized that the exercises are for your whole body. Pilates incorporates all of the muscles in your body, ensuring more functional strength and better conditioning. Each Pilates class will focus on flow, breathing, precision, centering, and concentration. Not only can Pilates make your core stronger, it will give you better muscle endurance.
Pilates is too easy/hard
The beneficial part of Pilates, is the option that it is an adaptable form of exercise that can be changed, depending on the needs of the individual. If you are doing Pilates properly, the exercises are not going to be easy. On the other hand, those who find Pilates too difficult, might not be doing the right exercises. There are workouts for all levels, you just have to find a good workout that suits you.
Pilates is the same as Yoga
It is known that these two share similarities, but they couldn’t be more different. Both Yoga and Pilates have different approaches to wellness and health. They both increase flexibility and have the goal of uniting the body, mind, and spirit. With Pilates, there is a wide range of equipment used, while Yoga focuses mainly on mat work. These two also practice different breathing techniques.
All myths aside, Pilates is a mind-body exercise that calms the mind and reduces stress; it develops strength, flexibility and control. Don’t worry if you’re unfit, inflexible, or a man! Pilates is accessible to just about anyone. Pilates practices improved flexibility and posture, so when practiced regularly, it literally changes the body. Get yourself into Pilates today!