Most people when they take up a new exercise regime are usually looking for a particular outcome. Working out, cardio exercise and strength training are usually taken up by people who want to lose weight. In a lot of cases once they have reached their weight-loss goal they stop or reduce the amount of exercise they do.
Pilates on the other hand I believe is different. In my opinion Pilates is a lifetime’s journey after all to continue to get the benefits that Pilates will give you it needs to be done regularly and forever.
I get many people starting Pilates because of an existing complaint or injury usually involving an element of pain. For example a lower back problem that they’ve had for many years sometimes decades that just won’t go away. They hear that Pilates is an excellent way to help strengthen and reduce their pain.
So they start with enthusiasm hoping that Pilates will help hand in a lot of cases Pilates will work its magic. As their core and pelvic stability improve the pain they suffer produces and in some cases disappears completely.
Now you’d think these people would stay in class to ensure they maintain the benefits they have received wouldn’t you? A few do but most after about nine months to a year stop coming.
Can you guess what happens? They lose most of the benefits they received and after a period of time the pain comes back. I know because after six months or so these people come back.
Doing Pilates is a bit like brushing your teeth it’s not something we necessarily want to do but if we want to stop our teeth from rotting we really don’t have a choice