What is Classical Pilates anyway?
First let me start by saying that I don’t think there is anything wrong with other styles of Pilates. There have been so many cool developments in Pilates over the past few decades. New variations on the classical exercises and brand new exercises have really made this branch of fitness exciting!
Classical Pilates means that we are trying to stay as close to the original exercises that Joesph Pilates created. He developed an order for these exercises and believed that each movement prepared the body for what was coming next. Contemporary Pilates has taken Joe’s original exercises and modified them according to modern research on biomechanics. Exercises may also change based on the instructor’s creativity.
In real life you probably won’t be doing the exact same workout in the exact same order each time you take a Pilates class even in a classical studio. There are over 500 Pilates exercises, and we just can’t fit them all in. We will rotate equipment and eliminate or add in exercises based on your own needs during that session. Sometimes it is just plain fun to break out of the classical box and try something new!
What about you? Do you like to stay with the classical exercises in a somewhat recognizable order, or do you like it when the instructor mixes it up and tries out some contemporary exercises? There is no right or wrong answer, but I’d love to hear from you. Send me a message with your thoughts.
Laurie Sindlinger is a Power Pilates Certified Instructor in mat and all classical Pilates equipment. She teaches clients at all fitness levels and has training in Pilates for special cases such as knee, hip, or shoulder injuries, or during pregnancy. Laurie also teaches barre, TRX classes, and has extensive dance training and performance experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Dance from the University of Richmond.
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