Much like yoga, pilates promotes flexibility, while it builds strength, develops control and endurance. It also requires intense concentration and again like yoga, form is as important as the exercise itself. In fact, there’s a program that combines both yoga and pilates called, Yogalates.
The developer of Pilates invented an apparatus for the exerciser to work out on, usually at a studio under the eye of an instructor. That’s no longer necessary. If you prefer working out at home you can purchase pilates equipment for your home, like the AeroPilates Pro XP 557 Home Pilates.
Prices vary with pilates equipment so you’re sure to find one that can fit your budget.
However it’s not necessary to have any apparatus to still do pilates. Exercises have been developed, for mat pilates or there are smaller, simple and inexpensive pieces of equipment to use like a pilates toning ring or exercise ball.
There are plenty of references to get started on pilates, pilates for beginners, with a beginners book and instructive dvds.
There’s also an offshoot of Pilates called Gyrotonics. Owing to the number of studios there are around the country specializing in Gyrotonics, it appears to be very popular. There’s a web site that gives you an overview of Gyrotonics, and there are two books that might give you more information on this, Gyrotonic Meditation and The Art of Exercising and Beyond.
Whether it’s Yoga or Pilates or a combination of the two they are a great way to get in shape and get the body you want and maintain. Either way you are bound to Look Better Naked.
After your post-workout shower, wear comfortable clothes, starting from the inside out.