What is a typical beginning Pilates exercise like?
One of the first exercises you do is "the hundreds" which consists of 10 breaths of 10 counts to equal 100. You lie on the floor, lift your legs up to about a 45-degree angle, or wherever you can hold them, and keep your back imprinted on the mat. While holding your legs in the air, you engage the abdominals and lift your head and shoulders off the mat so you are in a scoop. Then you pump your arms by your side, almost as if you were slapping on water, pumping them up and down.
Because both your legs and head are up in the air, it forces the blood to go to your heart. The pumping of your arms back and forth forces the blood through your body. You're getting your circulation going and stimulating your organs making it both an internal and an external workout.
Improperly done, it can cause neck and back strain. Our experienced instructors will modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range.