Romana Kryzanowska said: “You apply Pilates in everyday life, like how you sit, how you walk. You’ve heard a lot of people complain about back problems; it is because these people walk incorrectly with the last vertebra of their tailbone. They stick it out instead of pulling it in and down.” She said doing Pilates changed one’s body. She said it was like building a house. You would build the foundation and work up from that until you had a strong, solid structure that you would maintain.
Joseph Pilates wanted people to train their bodies for everyday life. All the exercises are based on everyday movement. This week that was really brought to light during a session with a few clients.
Everyone knows about squats right? In the gym, in your fitness class? You grab those weights and you squat down and up. Do you think really what you are doing? Why? What is the purpose?
This week one of my client had those light bulb moments which as an instructor we love.
This particular exercise combined some arms a squat and some great lengthening and stretch of the spine and hamstrings. After a few we chatted about the form of her squat and what to focus on and what to really think about in terms of when she was lowering her body. When she did it she couldn't believe the difference in the muscles she was feeling work.
How important is it to be able to lower your body to sit and then bring your body back to standing? Shouldn't your back be protected during this time? Don't you want your knees to be pain free and not take the brunt of the movement?
This is what we love about Pilates. Realizing that your workout has a purpose in your everyday life. To keep you mobile, pain free and fit? What could be better?