At the Core of the Pilates method: the Powerhouse
Pilates is the godfather of core strength training. Your core, or commonly called, the powerhouse, is comprised of the upper and lower abdominal muscles, the lower back and the buttocks. Conventional forms of exercise and athletic activities develop strength in your arms and legs, but largely ignore this area because these muscles are difficult to isolate and strengthen. This is the same set of muscles that support good posture and, if not used properly, will deteriorate with time.
The central aim of Pilates is to create a fusion of mind and body, so that your body will move with economy, grace, and balance. The end goal is to produce an attention-free union of mind and body. You will learn how to use your body to the greatest advantage, making the most of its strengths, counteracting its weaknesses, and correcting its imbalances.Joseph Pilates practiced what he preached, a method he called Contrology, and lived a long, healthy life Upon his death in 1967 at the age of 87, Clara continued to teach the Pilates method at the studio until her retirement in 1971 when she left the studio in the able hands of Joseph’s pro Romana Kryzanowska.
By focusing on these principles, you will see the quickest success that comes from this exercise method.