Hello Everyone! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather we are having this weekend. We will be blogging about our Pop Pilates class this week.
Pop Pilates is a total body, equipment-free workout that sculpts a rock solid core and a lean dancer’s body like nothing else can. Pop Pilates is traditional mat Pilates done to top 40 pop music, hence the “Pop” Pilates. It’s been deemed dance on the mat, however no dance experience needed! It’s been called that, because although it is Pilates on the mat, done to top 40 music, its fueled by the music, so the routines are to the beat of music keeping it fun, energetic, and flowing.
“Joseph Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. Little is known about his early life, but he appears to have been a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.
In 1912 Pilates lived in England working as a circus performer, boxer and self-defense instructor. During the First World War, he was interned with other German nationals. During this time he developed his technique of physical fitness further, by teaching his fellow internees. During the latter part of the War, he served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he worked with patients unable to walk. He attached bed springs to the hospital beds to help support the patients’ limbs, leading to the development of his famous piece of equipment known as the ‘Cadillac’. Much of his equipment, although slightly adapted, is still in use today in many Pilates Studios” (Pilates Foundation).
There are many benefits of Pilates including:
- Core Strength
- Improved Posture and Alignment
- Stronger Muscles
- Alleviated Back Pain
- Increased Flexibility
- Increased Agility
- Increased Range of Motion
- Body Awareness/Mind-Body Connection
While POP Pilates moves all originate from classical Pilates, the class design, relationship with music, sequencing and reps, differ from reformer classes and traditional mat classes. The fundamentals of breathing, core engagement and powerhouse-based movements are shared, however, the emphasis on moving to the beat of pop music is what makes POP Pilates so unique. Participants love that each 55 min. class is like a “dance on the mat.”
Each song will be targeting a different area and will focus on it for the duration of that song. As well as each 55 minute class will always follow a specific format which includes some standing, laying on the mat, and gentle cardio.
POP Pilates can be modified and is a class anyone and everyone can take. It’s fun, it moves to the music and you’ll get a great ab workout!! For anyone who attend any Pop Pilates class the week of May 1-May 5 will get a sticker for each one attended.