Pilates is so appealing, at least in part, because virtually anyone can do the workouts. Even if you have some health issues, or are recovering from and injury or surgery, there are most likely some basic, beginner pilates moves that you can perform that can help you get stronger. Since pilates doesn’t incorporate the jarring movements of other strengthening exercises it is easy on your joints.
For anyone who is obese, the weight on their joints can be painful enough, they don’t want to add the jarring pain of walking or jogging, pilates totally takes that pain out of the equation. One of the premier fitness experts of our time has many books and DVD’s available on pilates. If you are just starting out you may want to check out pilates denise austin.
With all the machines and equipment you can get to add to your workout you will find it almost impossible to get bored or have your body plateau. The equipment can range from less than $20 all the way up to over a thousand dollars.
One of the best pieces of equipment you can invest in is the pilates reformer. These machines have a platform that moves back and forth, and you can add resistance with either springs or resistance bands. A reformer can provide you with a full, total body workout. Some brands even come with a built in apparatus called a Cardio Rebounder which will even allow you to get your cardio done… all on one machine.
The reformer will make it much easier to maintain the proper form throughout the exercise. This is important to help prevent injury and to maximize the effectiveness of the move. Since you are using the machine and the straps and ropes, you’re movements will be limited to just the range of motion that you should be using. You won’t be able to flail wildly, which is the problem with many other forms of strength training and can lead to injury.
Denise Austin has a pilates DVD called ‘Pilates by Denise Austin’ that has a great program for lower body conditioning. There are 7 exercises that will help you sculpt a lower body that will make heads turn… in a good way! There are a variety of routines and you can do a different one every day of the week. This is a great way to keep your body ‘guessing’ so that it doesn’t get used to the same old exercises day in and day out. By changing things up you are going to see more results more quickly.
You can even get a program if you are pregnant. ‘Fit and Firm’ will help you maintain your posture throughout your pregnancy which can help diminish or alleviate a lot of the back and neck pain that comes with pregnancy.
When it comes to instructional pilates DVD’s, you have many choices. It’s important that you like the instructor and feel comfortable with the workout. For these reasons you should check out pilates denise austin, I think you’ll enjoy the training that you get from Denise.