Pilates 101
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Pilates 101

Nothing tones abs like a Pilates workout. Before starting, test your knowledge about how it works and the potential benefits.

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When was Pilates created?

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The correct answer is: It was originally created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s to rehabilitate injured soldiers returning from war.

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True or false: Mat Pilates uses both a mat and machines.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Mat Pilates is a series of exercises from within the Pilates Method designed specifically to be performed on a mat. It is a relatively new concept in the life of the method.

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What are the benefits of Pilates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pilates focuses on several things, including balance, flexibility and agility.

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What area of your body is the main focus of Pilates?

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The correct answer is: Pilates is excellent for core conditioning as it focuses on keeping the core (hips to shoulders, including pelvis) aligned throughout many different ranges of movement.

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Why does Pilates often cost extra at fitness centers?

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The correct answer is: Due to the extensive education and training to become a certified trainer and the expense of the specialized equipment, Pilates classes often come with a higher price tag. The instructors are trained in anatomy, learn over 500 exercises for various equipment and are required to pass a lengthy written and practical exam.

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True or false: Losing weight doing Pilates is a sure thing.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While it is possible to lose weight due to the calorie burn from newly formed muscles, Pilates exercises focus on strengthening and toning muscles and it is not considered a cardiovascular workout.

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True or false: Chairs are used in Pilates.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The Pilates chair, with a padded seat and side bar, pedals and resistance springs, is used for balance and strength exercises that help develop core strength.

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Can anyone do Pilates?

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The correct answer is: Yes, unless directed otherwise by a doctor due to illness or injury, Pilates can be done by anyone.

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What is a reformer in Pilates?

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The correct answer is: The reformer is a wooden or metal piece of equipment with a moving carriage and straps that attach to pulleys and resistance springs.

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What is the main component in mind-body exercise?

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The correct answer is: Bringing awareness to your breath is one of the easiest ways to draw your focus inward as well as find some mental clarity, which are two distinguishing factors in mind-body practices.

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How should you breathe in Pilates?

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The correct answer is: It is important to practice lateral breathing. Use the full capacity of your lungs to breathe in and out, meaning that you should fill them with air from top to bottom, left to right and front to back.

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What are the benefits of a strong core?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Core strength is key to strong movement, balance and performance. This encourages improved posture, reduces back pain and improves overall body stability.

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In addition to Pilates, what are some examples of other mind-body exercises?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Although by adding the mental awareness aspect to any form of exercise, it can become a mind-body exercise.

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How is Pilates good for athletes?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. While traditional stretches can be done daily to stretch and strengthen the primary muscles in the body, adding Pilates means every muscle in the body will become more flexible and stronger, possibly leading to improved performance and decreased injuries.

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Which is better: yoga or Pilates?

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The correct answer is: Neither one is better. It really comes down to your individual needs and preference.

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True or false: Pilates can help fibromyalgia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers found that practicing Pilates helped relieve some symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain. Check with your doctor first, though.

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Is it safe to do Pilates on your own?

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The correct answer is: Pilates requires equipment and oversight, so it's best to get formal training from a certified instructor when starting this new exercise program. Once you feel confident in the routine, then you may continue on your own.

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True or false: Pilates can improve your golf game.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Pilates' focus on training the core and increasing posture offer excellent benefits for golfers.

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How can you prepare for Pilates if you're not flexible?

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The correct answer is: Speak to your instructor before class about your flexibility limitations. A good instructor will use poses and techniques that will be more effective for beginners or modifications to poses that make them more safe and effective.

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True or false: Pilates is safe to do even if you have osteoporosis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Fortunately, everyone with osteoporosis can develop a safe, effective personal exercise program -- even if you have had a fracture. It's best to discuss with your doctor or physical therapist first.

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