Who is Pilates training for?
Practically everyone can benefit from Pilates exercise. People from all walks of life, ages, levels and fitness backgrounds practice Pilates regularly. Preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities. Thus, making contemporary Pilates applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life.
Specialized Pilates equipment can help provide support for those with injuries or medical conditions. In addition, the resistance from the apparatus can help challenge anyone’s body.
Pilates training Today
Although Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time, he believed that the normal spine should be straight (Pilates 2000, p148). In contrast, we now know that the spine should have 4 natural curvatures for best shock absorption.
Certainly, since the death of Joseph Pilates on 9 October 1967, new information in anatomy, exercise, sports medicine and physical therapy has become available. As a result, updated, contemporary approaches to the original Pilates method have also become widely accepted today.