Strengthening with Foundations

16 Nov

Pilates as discussed in the earlier blog was founded by Joseph Pilates. Due to his sickly childhood, Joseph Pilates became fascinated with ways to physically enhance his body. He used body building and gymnastics mixed with yoga and martial arts training, to strengthen his own body.  It was during World War I that Joseph used his physical movements, with the power of his mind, to control and develop his core muscles, which would later be known as Pilates.

Pilates Clothes

Personally I like to start by getting into the mood of a workout by dressing appropriately. You can do Pilates exercises in any clothing that moves well and isn’t too baggy or revealing. However, if you want to spice it up a bit, there are lots of wonderful choices of workout clothing designed for Pilates and yoga. Check out some of the sites below for workout clothes, just as an FYI though you can find comfortable clothes at your local Wal-Mart, in Cheyenne located on Dell Range Blvd or right next door at Sam’s Club, Target, K-Mart, even Ross or TJ Maxx.

http://thinkpilates.com/pilates-attire-clothes/

http://www.mypilatescloset.com/

http://www.sportsbasement.com/products/C142.asp

Equip yourself with the right tools

As when starting any workout you must try to make sure you have the proper equipment needed. Basic Pilates just needs a mat and some kind of instructional video. Like with the clothes mats are available at any of the local stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, Target, and Wal-Mart. You can buy a cheap mat as low as 6.99 and then prices can rise from there. If you are going to your local gym to try out the class first, you do not have to bring your own mat, most gyms provide mats for you. If you have grown to like Pilates and want your personal mat that no one other than you has sweat on, then I would advise to purchase your own. Like anything that you buy you should always do your research. Below I have attached some like that show reviews for Pilate’s mats, tips before you buy and comparing prices on mats.

http://pilates.about.com/od/buyingequipmentetc/bb/BuyPilatesMat.htm

http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesequipment/tp/Pilates-Mat-Reviews.htm

http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=1265/form_keyword=pilates%20mat/rd=1/st=query&mode=about_pilates&

 

Pilates Books

Books and new workouts work hand in hand for someone who is really interested in a specific workout. For anyone who is interested in trying Pilates for the first time I might suggest going to a local class before investing money in books. I personally recommend that if you try Pilates and enjoy it to go check out some books at your local book store like Barnes and Nobles or even your local library. Many Pilate’s books allow the individual to take their time in learning and performing each workout properly and at their own pace. Also books provide the background of each move and the history and benefit each exercise principle.

 

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One Response to “Strengthening with Foundations”

  1. Sports Basement November 18, 2011 at 4:32 am #

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