What is Real Pilates?

In the fitness industry, perhaps more than any other, it is easy to be seduced by the latest hot fad promising a shortcut to your ideal you. Predictably, these trends usually disappear once a new one materialises. With such an overwhelming array of new exercise options, how can anyone sort the fleeting from the tried-and-true?

For starters, it is important to be an informed consumer. Do a bit of research and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your potential instructors. You will find that, as is so commonly the case, those who possess knowledge of the subject matter are happy to share it with those who ask. It also doesn’t hurt to learn at least a bit of the history behind your chosen exercise.

Unlike many fad exercise methods, Pilates has been practiced for nearly a century. Joseph Pilates was a visionary, a man ahead of his time in the world of fitness and exercise. While interred during World War I, he modified hospital beds with springs to provide bedridden patients resistance training. Upon emigrating to the U.S. in 1926, he and his wife Clara opened a fitness studio where his “Contrology” method attracted a dedicated following in the New York ballet community.

Clara was a beloved instructor also and made a substantial contribution to the Pilates method. By the 1960s, their method had spread throughout the United States, and their students began teaching “Pilates” as well. Their protégés are known as the Pilates elders, and it is through their distinct lineages that modern Pilates came to be.

Pilates has since evolved and expanded its application to become a contemporary, mainstream exercise option. However Real Pilates can always trace its principles and methods back to Joe’s original practice. While some exercise methods trade on the Pilates name, or are performed on equipment based on his designs, they are not Real Pilates.

• Real Pilates requires a Mind-Body connection based upon the core principles of its creator: Breath, Centering, Concentration, Control, Flow, and Precision.

• Real Pilates is NOT mindless repetitions for maximum burn.

• Real Pilates entrusts the safety of the practitioner to the knowledge and experience of a qualified instructor.

• Real Pilates and the depth of knowledge it requires are NOT learnt by an instructor in a weekend course.

• Real Pilates is a practice – it begins with a solid foundation of core principles and correct technique that deepen over time.

• Real Pilates is NOT just a group exercise class performed on Pilates reformers.

• Real Pilates strengthens the body to perform at its optimal ability and prevent injury.

• Real Pilates is NOT injury-inducing.

• Real Pilates is accessible to all ages and levels of fitness.

• Real Pilates is NOT exercise so physically demanding that only those in their 20s can participate.

Real Pilates requires its disciples, instructors and practitioners alike, to never settle for inferior imitations of the method. All PILATES360 instructors are trained through recognized Pilates institutions. They receive ongoing assessments and are all dedicated to delivering only the highest standards of Pilates instruction.

Be a discerning consumer – ensure that you only take part in Real Pilates, and invest in yourself wisely.