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6 Pilates Principles for Beginners

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September 29, 2009

Familiarizing yourself with the Pilates Principles will make you more prepared for your first Pilates class.

Joseph Pilates developed his Pilates exercises while he was in a detention center during the First World War. Other instructors have distilled the six main Pilates principles from Joseph Pilates' original work:

  1. Concentration By focusing on your mind-body awareness, the better connection you establish with your body, and the more benefits you gain from your workouts. It's better to do each exercise slowly and precisely, than with incorrect form or posture.
  2. Centering By paying attention to the muscles of the core (the Pilates Powerhouse), you will help all of your bodies' muscles function and develop more efficiently.
  3. Control In Pilates, slow and steady wins the race. Control, rather than intensity or repetition, is key to performing the exercises correctly. All movements should be performed with precision, to gain the maximum benefits.
  4. Breathing Controlling your breath with deep exhalations as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keep you focused.
  5. Precision Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to ensure you gain the most benefit and keep your body healthy.
  6. Flow Each Pilates motion should be smooth and graceful. Try to create the grace of a dancer or a gymnast in your practice.