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What is Pilates?

April 7, 2020 | Author: | Posted in Health & Fitness

Most of us make the mistake of confusing yoga with pilates- yes both works towards making the body more supple, flexible and strong and both require the body and brain to work together. However, Yoga has an oriental origin, whereas Pilates, founded by Joseph Pilates, is occidental.

What is Pilates

Pilates is all about setting right wrong postures and invigorating the mind and spirit. It helps individuals build lean, long muscles and makes them less prone to injuries. It was first used by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate injured soldiers after the First World War. Even today it’s regarded as the best form of rehabilitative exercise and is touted vigorously by health professionals. As it is very safe and easily doable, just about everyone that wants to improve movement and flexibility practice it.


The founder of pilates was very creative and invented many exercises that could help people in different ways. Some of them are done on the mat while others are done using specific equipment or machines. There is no fixed way to begin- you can do what appeals to you best and then over time add on more exercises.

These are the traditional Pilates classes

Pilates Mat Classes



Although most pilates mat classes are done on mats in the classical style, our instructors at The Moving Body Group choose to modify these depending on the student’s level, need and ability to cope. The Pilates mat is slightly thicker than the yoga mat. Our studios offer Mat classes and they’re considered a good way to begin.

Pilates Equipment or Reformer Classes

Pilates studio Singapore

When you come to our Pilates studio, you’re sure to see different pieces of Pilates equipment such as The Pilates Chair, the Reformer, the Pole System and others- all of which are spring-based. Our studios also have small pilates equipment such as exercise balls, bands, and magic circles In Pilates, the body muscles work against gravity and if you use the equipment, then your body works against the resistance offered by the springs and bands.

Although the traditional Pilates classes are highly popular, Pilates classes Singapore offers hybrid classes where Pilates is mixed with other options such as yoga or boxing and the like. However, these fusion combinations, though fun, take you away from the core Pilates and the net effect is rather diluted.

Pilates classes are either conducted in groups or private- while groups are fun, they may not be the right thing for you if you’re recovering from an injury or have other issues. One-to-one classes are the best initially and then you can graduate to the group.

Although the exercises are not as intense as dumbbell lifting or doing squats, the core-focused moves tell on your body. You may be a little sore for a few days running, but after a week or so, your body learns to adapt. Wear tight-fit clothing so that our instructors can watch your movements better. Pilates studio Singapore offers you a well-rounded fitness plan that will make your efforts more effective.


Please click here for the detailed Pilates classes available at The Moving Body Group.




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