This article may date back to 2015, but it is every bit as valid today. I especially like thes quotes from Pilates expert Dawne:
“Pilates teachers are not appropriately qualified to diagnose or treat injury or illness. We can observe movement patterns, alignment, posture and stability to provide exercise programmes to help your overall physical fitness, but if you are having pain that interferes with daily life activities, you should always seek the advice of a medical professional before taking up any form of exercise – Pilates included.”
“Cross training with Pilates helps you identify weaknesses and imbalances to minimize risk of injury due to added load on dysfunctional patterns, for example. Think of Pilates as an education in how you move. If you take this knowledge and apply it to your other workouts, you’ll notice that you move better, and subsequently achieve better results.”
To use it you’ll need a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop with a built-in microphone and webcam. If you want to improve the quality of your video and audio, you may wish to buy separate components. Well-known brands include Logitech for webcams and Lavalier or Blue for microphones.
If you want to join a meeting, you need only download the
app, you do not need to sign up for an account. Click on the meeting link sent
to you by your host and the relevant app will automatically be installed. If
you’d like to download it in advance or on several devices, go to https://launcher.zoom.us/download.
If you want to host a meeting, you must sign up for a package. At the time of writing, for meetings that are one-to-one or of less than 40-minutes duration, the basic package is free. You can stop and start a new meeting to extend your time. The next level up (Pro) has a maximum meeting duration of 24 hours and costs £11.99 + tax monthly. Both allow up to 100 participants. Check the zoom website for current fees.
As the host, it is up to you to start a meeting, then invite participants to join you by sending them the meeting link. To prevent gatecrashers, I suggest that you include a password. You have more controls than the other attendees and there are quite a few options that you can manage during the meeting or pre-set.
In a recent article in the Guardian, the writer describes how Pilates took her from crippling back-pain to amazing health. This didn’t happen overnight, but over a period of three years. Five years on, Pilates has:
made her feel happier
gives her a breather from everything else in her busy life
reduced her clothes size
made her stronger
improved both her physical and emotional strength
I turned 50 this year and yet, I feel indomitable, somehow: so full of energy, so avid for life, so keenly interested in everyone and everything. My mood soars.
Adele is one of the celebrities who have recently been in the press as having ‘become a fan of’ reformer Pilates.
The reformer is one of the large pieces of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. The equipment has springs that provide assistance or resistance, depending on the exercise. In a Pilates studio, classes are usual one to one, so the exercises are tailored to your needs. If you’d like to try it, contact me.
Although it is credited with helping her to lose weight, Pilates does not usually lead to weight loss without a supporting regime of aerobic exercise and diet.
In October 2019, Body Control Pilates created a new, not-for-profit company, owned by its members to provide them and others with Pilates education. It is now the only organisation worldwide where both the membership and education bodies are owned by their members. I have become a founding member and will benefit from discounts on my ongoing Pilates training.