What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercises that was created by Joseph Pilates back in the 1920’s. Joseph Pilates became a Physical Trainer after suffering with many disabilities during his childhood. He was determined to get stronger and lead a normal, active life and became obsessed with different forms of exercise even circus performing, weight-lifting, skiing etc. He was before his time and learned from all of these different types of exercise that there was a common theme throughout: Core Stability and developed a programme which he found developed maximum strength and flexibility in the human body which he called controlology.

He wanted to help people improve their Physical wellbeing. Some of the first people to be treated by Pilates were soldiers who had returned home from war.

As he developed his skills, he moved to New York and he started a Studio where he trained professional dancers, athletes and film stars. His original exercises are so challenging that they are not possible to do by the average person. Since Joseph’s method is so effective there has been several other methods of Pilates created by his students and passed down to become the type of Pilates we know today that is accessible by all.

Pilates helps strengthen the Core, improves Posture and Flexibility by doing low-impact movements on a regular basis. Pilates helps to “reset” the body and teaches it how to move again as you were always meant to.  You will see and feel the difference in your body as you do more and more classes. Repetition of the exercise builds strength and skill, gradually you will find yourself progressing up through the levels of difficulty in the exercises easily without realising it. Pilates is a good general exercise that is challenging but safe for all ages.

The classes at ABLE2 are general Mat work classes using the Body Control Pilates method, which are very safe and progressive way to start from Beginner to the advanced original Full Pilates Mat. We do not perform any of the advanced exercises. We focus on the classical principles of Pilates. Classes are designed to target, then progressively and gently strengthen your deep core muscles, to improve your flexibility and confidence. They are lovely and relaxing and reviving whatever your level of fitness. It is especially good for those of you who don’t consider yourselves to have a high level of fitness and are worried about joining a class.

There are always different options of varying difficulty for each exercise on offer in the class, and each one can be adapted for your personal needs. If you find any position too difficult or uncomfortable we will find what works for you.  They are simple exercises which can sometimes feel like you are not doing anything … but don’t be fooled.


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