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The 6 Important Principles of proper Pilates and how to implement it.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

If you are an avid Pilates fan, or whether you are just starting out as a Pilates beginner, getting the basics right is very important. It will help you to get more out of your Pilates workout and it may even avoid injuries. Let’s look at the 6 basic principals of proper Pilates practice – Breathing, centering, concentration, control, precision and efficiency and how you can use it to improve your Pilates practice.

1. Breathing

Breathing correctly is one of the most important elements of any exercise. This is also true for Pilates and it is said that if your breathing is wrong, there is an error in your Pilates workout. To avoid this, make sure that you remember to breathe properly and to exhale on your exertions and to inhale on the relaxing part of the exercise.

2. Centering

What this principle mean is that every move you make during Pilates practice, should originates through your core (Pilates himself called it the “powerhouse”). This is the muscles of your abs, lower back and hip flexors. You should keep this area in tact during your practice and make sure that every move comes from there.

3. Concentration

The next principle of effective Pilates practice is concentration. You should at all time have and intense focus on your movements to make sure that you do it correctly. This is a great principle that will also help you to improve your day to day concentration.

4. Control

This principle shows the importance of proper muscle control. Every move you make during your Pilates practice should be conducted with proper muscle control. Make sure to move carefully and not to jerk your muscles up or down.

5. Precision

This is one of those principles that will only come with regular practice. The focus is on precision, meaning that every move you make should be done on a precise and perfect moment. To get this right will need a lot of time and practice, so start today.

Flow and efficiency of movements

Once you can do the basic elements of proper Pilates, the next one you should focus on is efficiency. This involves that you conduct the movements one after the other in a perfect flow. The movement should be fluent and precise. Doing so will make sure that you practice Pilates to the utmost.

If you implement the basic elements of proper Pilates, you will be one step further to perfecting your Pilates workout. Doing so will also ensure that you get the maximum out of your Pilates practice. These principles will not all be learned overnight, they will take time and effort. But if you practice, practice, practice, you will get there soon enough. Just stay motivated, dedicated and never give up!

One of the best ways of practicing Pilates is with a Pilates machine. The Ellen Crofts supreme Pilates machine is one of the best to try out. Or if you prefer doing Pilates from home, the best way of doing so is by getting a Pilates video.


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