Pilates is a popular exercise method that has been around for over a century. Developed by Joseph Pilates, this exercise program is designed to strengthen the body, improve posture, and increase flexibility. Despite its popularity, there are several myths surrounding Pilates that have persisted over the years. In this blog, we'll debunk the top 6 Pilates myths.
MYTH #1 PILATES IS ONLY FOR WOMEN
While it's true that Pilates has a strong female following, it's important to note that Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates, a man. In fact, Joseph Pilates was a boxer and gymnast, and he developed his exercise method to help soldiers recover from injuries sustained during World War I. Due to many of the Pilates elders being women (including Joseph’s wife, Clara, who carried on his legacy) as well as the gym boom in the 1980s, there were many stereotypes about it only being for women. Pilates is a low-impact, total-body workout that can benefit men and women alike. It can help improve flexibility, strength, balance, and posture, making it a great exercise method for people of all genders. Check this out: Breaking the Mold: Men and Corefirst Resistance Pilates.
MYTH #2: PILATES IS THE SAME AS YOGA
While Pilates and yoga share some similarities, they are two distinct exercise methods. While yoga focuses on breathing, meditation, and flexibility, Pilates focuses on strength, stability, and alignment. Pilates exercises are designed to work the deep core muscles, as well as the muscles in the arms, legs, and back. Pilates also uses specific equipment like the reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair, which are not used in yoga. Want to know more? Read this!
MYTH #3: PILATES IS ONLY A CORE WORKOUT
While Pilates does place a strong emphasis on core strength, it's important to note that Pilates is a full-body workout. Pilates exercises are designed to engage the entire body, including the arms, legs, and back. Many Pilates exercises incorporate movements that target multiple muscle groups simultaneously, making it an efficient and effective total-body workout.
MYTH #4: PILATES IS TOO EASY TO BE EFFECTIVE
Pilates can be a challenging and effective workout, even for advanced athletes. Pilates exercises can be modified to increase or decrease resistance, making it a versatile exercise method that can be customized to meet individual needs. In fact, many Pilates exercises require a great deal of strength, control, and concentration, making them challenging even for experienced exercisers. With the Corefirst, you can easily switch out Resistance Bands or combine them for up to 40 lbs. of resistance. Additionally, moving closer to your anchoring point or further away can add or subtract resistance.
MYTH #5: PILATES IS ONLY FOR YOUNG, FLEXIBLE PEOPLE
Pilates is an exercise method that can benefit people of all ages, from teenagers to seniors. Pilates is a low-impact exercise that can be customized to meet individual needs. For older adults, Pilates can help improve balance, flexibility, and strength, which are important factors in maintaining mobility and preventing falls. Pilates can also be a great exercise method for people with chronic pain or injuries, as it can help improve their range of motion and alleviate pain.
MYTH #6: PILATES IS ONLY FOR THE RICH
Corefirst was born from the idea that EVERYONE should be able to experience the benefits of resistance Pilates, not just those that can afford multiple $30-$50 classes per week. With our revolutionary resistance bands, we bring the studio classes to you, while also allowing you to take your regular practice on the road. Accessibility, inclusion, and efficacy are what we consistently put at the forefront of our product.