Differences Among Pilates Methods

Did you know that there are two interpretations of Joseph Pilates’ work? The competing interpretations are usually described as classical Pilates and contemporary Pilates.

On the one hand, Classical Pilates is characterized as teaching Pilates in its original form, with exercises that develop endurance and stamina. On the other hand, Contemporary Pilates modernizes techniques to include a wider range of variations and new exercises. It is important to be aware of the distinctive styles and methods, as this can help finding the right style for you and assist in achieving your goals.

Another area of difference is in regards to the position of the pelvis. In Classical Pilates, instructors generally teach exercises where there is a tuck in the pelvis forming a “posterior tilt”. Your back is completely pressed to the floor. Contemporary Pilates practices exercises with a neutral pelvis, meaning there is a gap between the floor and your back.

Both Classical and Contemporary workouts make use of the Reformer equipment and also involve mat work. The Reformer boosts the benefits you get from a mat Pilates workout, including better back health, flexibility, and range of motion. The Reformer allows additional exercises beyond those that can be done on a mat, which gives you more variety in your workout. Mat workouts focus on the core
muscles using body weight for natural resistance.

In choosing which style of Pilates, it is important to research and choose the best style suited to your needs. Most people reap similar benefits from either approach. Next time you drop by our studio, ask one of your instructors to explain the style of the workouts you did today in your class. Whether classical or contemporary, it’s important to partake in some type of Pilates workout! We provide a unique
experience for our attendees, so schedule your next class today!

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