Pilates Original Name: Contrology
“Mr. Joe Pilates, the inventor, intended it to be about the art of control, an exercise method where you control your body, mind, and muscles,” says Alycea Ungaro, personal trainer and founder of the Real Pilates studio in New York City. The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the “powerhouse” (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath.
One Hour of Pilates Burns Calories All Day Long
“Resistance training, the essence of Pilates, is scientifically proven to create lean muscle and rev up your metabolism to burn calories all day long,” Ungaro explains. “Cardio is great; but the second you hop off the bike or the treadmill, you stop burning calories. With Pilates, the second you’re done, you start burning calories.”
Mat Moves are Vintage Pilates
Joe Pilates’ original sequence of 34 mat exercises is still going strong in studios nationwide. The hundred, the roll-up, single-leg stretch, double-leg stretch…some of us can recite these in our sleep. “Trends like Yogalates and Piloxing (Pilates-boxing) tend to be short-lived,” Ungaro says. “Now I see a return to authentic Pilates, the 34 original mat exercises from soup to nuts.”