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Pilates Myths - Busted!

By Sara Butler

A lot of people have heard of Pilates but don’t really understand it. A lot of assumptions are made about this form of exercise and a lot of them are simply not true. To help clear up the confusion, and maybe convince a few people to give it a try, here are a few of the most popular myths about Pilates and the truth behind them.

Myth No. 1: Pilates is For Women

Pilates was actually created by a man, Joseph Pilates, for men. He was a circus performer and boxer who helped rehabilitate dancers for the New York City Ballet. While today many women do practice Pilates, men are starting to catch up. Professional sports teams are starting to incorporate Pilates into their exercise programs.

Myth No. 2: Pilates and Yoga are Basically the Same

Yoga and Pilates do have one thing in common: They are techniques used to help unite your body and mind on the mat, but that’s about it. The approach to movement taken by these two different forms of exercise is unique. Pilates isn’t just work based on a mat, there’s some equipment that’s often incorporated.

Myth No. 3: Pilates Isn’t Challenging Enough

If you’ve tried Pilates and thought it was too easy, that’s probably because you weren’t doing it right. You must apply the principles of Pilates if you want to really do it correctly, not just go through the motions. These exercises engage your core muscles, so it’s important to understand just how to engage them to make sure you’re getting the full benefit.

Myth No. 4: Pilates is Too Difficult

On the flipside of the too easy argument, some people assume Pilates is just too hard! Just know that a good Pilates instructor will have a routine in class for people at every level of fitness. So, you can perform the moves that are right for you. Will it be challenging? Yes! But not too hard!

Myth No. 5: Pilates is Only for the Flexible

Flexibility is an important part of Pilates, but not everyone starts out flexible. You gain flexibility through practicing Pilates. The exercises are meant to increase flexibility and strength, conditioning your deep core muscles to help stabilize your spine and joints.

If you've never tried Pilates, then give it a shot. It's a great exercise regimen for any person at any fitness level, so don't shy away. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

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