What’s hot today can be tomorrow’s passe. Same like fashion, the trend in workout and fitness holds true to this account.
Yet, when results show and hard work pays off, practitioners can testify on the countless benefits they’ve reaped. In this case, it’s safe to say that Pilates is here to stay, after long-serving many who face numerous health problems and discomforts.
Originally known as “Contrology,” Pilates was first created by Joseph Pilates during the first half of the 20th century. Aimed at developing a strong core and correcting postures amongst its practitioners, Pilates became so popular that in the 2000s, Joseph’s eponymous fitness regimen has become the household name of more than 10 million people in the US alone.
What the future holds…
However, as popular as Pilates is today, there are still so much to learn about this health practice. As society progresses, so does Pilates.
In the 1980s, Moira and Lindsay Merrithew developed the STOTT PILATES ™ method following their career in dance. Today, MERRITHEW is the holding company of STOTT PILATES and other brands such as ZEN.GA, CORE, TOTAL BARRE and more.
While yoga is more popular in the insta-worthy pop culture, the population, in general, are misinformed about the similarities and differences of pilates and yoga, as both sports involved posture improvement and flexibility.
Unlike yoga which practice is based on the level of difficulty and types of yoga (i.e. ashtanga, tantra, etc.), Pilates workouts are catered to specific individuals’ needs and physique. So even though you’re not ready for the next level, you shouldn’t be stressed about not being able to catch up with the others.
So even though you’re not ready for the next level, you shouldn’t be stressed about not being able to catch up with the others.
Kristen Briody, a Pilates instructor, stands corrected to the fact that Pilates and yoga are different in their own way, where “yoga concentrates on staying connected to the breath, while Pilates coordinates movement with the breath to build strength and flexibility throughout the body.”
The same sentiment rings true to Melissa, the co-founder of Pilatique Singapore, about Pilates. Being a dancer herself, Melissa finds Pilates useful after it complemented her dance performances by strengthening her and the others.
In Pilatique’s Private or Duet Sessions, their highly skilled and trained instructors will employ a broad range of top-of-the-line STOTT PILATES equipment. For some practitioners, they can still opt to practice without equipment at home.
Over to you…
Pilates has evolved to be more fun, entertaining, challenging and beneficial for practitioners of all ages.
Safe to say, Pilates is going to be around for a long time. So for those who haven't considered Pilates as their way of life, get inspired by these Pilates-loving celebrities.
And if you’re not convinced what Pilates can do for you, book a free consultation and session with Pilatique to understand your overall well-being and needs.
PS: You could totally be a new beginner, and that’s fine. Even Sylvester Stallone had assistance on the reformer and that looks pretty cool to us.