It seems too good to be true. I found a fitness framework called Pilates that doesn’t have to kick my butt to be effective.
I have my friends, Bob & Walter, to thank for urging me to try Pilates. Although when they wrote, “Wear some underpants underneath your exercise shorts to prevent embarrassing displays. Many of the exercises will have you upside down with your legs spread apart. But not in a fun way,” I was reconsidering their advice.
What I learned, however, was that Pilates focuses on the quality and form of specific muscle movements through their range. It doesn’t require enormous effort and good form is more important than speed.
It also promotes stopping each exercise after the exact number of prescribed repetitions rather than working a muscle until it is exhausted. A Pilates routine balances work among all of the main muscle groups so none of them gets tired.
Additionally, movements in Pilates are slower and shorter than aerobics, weight training or Xtreme mountain biking.