workshop: pilates for back health

You may be a very active, athletic person and suffer from back problems.

You may do very little exercise but suffer from back pain after seating in front of a computer for hours at a time.

HELP is available! There are principles and exercises that help build strength in the muscles that support your back and release tension and improve mobility in areas that aggravate your back problems. We will learn them in our workshop.

What you will learn:

Essential muscles for the back health

Essential exercises to strengthen these muscles

Essential stretches for improving mobility that is necessary for the back health

In addition:

You will get a copy of handouts

You will get hands-on corrections in your exercises from the instructor – something not available from an online course

In a small group of 4 (four)

Who this workshop is appropriate for:

Anyone who has ever had back pain in the past; anyone who what to learn how to prevent back pain

And inappropriate:

If have acute back pain right now – you need medical attention!

Nothing is more effective than this: Pilates on equipment

With all their ropes and springs the Pilates machines can look somewhat scary. But only at the first glance. When you get on the Reformer for the first time, when you make friends with it, you realise how much it can teach you and your body – and how much more effective your training sessions become.

The Pilates training on large equipment is more efficient because the equipment guides the movements, ensures correct body alignment, supports you where the support is needed and can make exercises more or less intensive or challenging.

In other words, it supports your learning process.

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Pilates on Reformer

By varying positions of the body, the angle of the resistance, the intensity of force the person on the equipment can target specific muscles and muscle groups, correct specific movement patterns, muscle imbalances and postural faults. You take those newly learnt alignment tips and better movement habits learnt in the training session into the functional daily life. 

For me the most magical feature of the Pilates equipment are the springs. The special steel springs generate resistance and provide guidance, making you experience a surprisingly different quality of movement to that on a conventional exercise equipment or with free weights. It is one of those things that must be experienced to be understood 😀

At Core Pilates Wien we offer Group Pilates classes on equipment, making this kind of training accessible to many while keeping the size of the groups small (4) and ensuring individual approach to every participant.

“I feel so good and strong after the training. Nothing is more effective than this!”

Es gibt nichts Effektiveres: Pilates auf Geräten

Mit all ihren Bändern und Federn sehen die Pilates-Maschinen in den Studios wirklich etwas furchterregend aus. Doch nur auf den ersten Blick. Wenn man zum ersten Mal auf den Reformer steigt und das Gerät zu seinem guten Freund macht, erkennt man schnell, wie viel man von ihm lernen kann – und wie viel effektiver Trainingseinheiten sein können.

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Reformer and Tower combined

Das Pilates-Training auf Geräten ist effektiver, weil das Gerät die Bewegung führt, für die korrekte Körperausrichtung sorgt, unterstützt, wo die Unterstützung notwendig ist, und die Übungen leichter oder schwerer machen kann. Anders gesagt, unterstützt das Gerät den Lernprozess des Körpers.

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Durch die Änderung der Körperpositionen, der Richtung und Intensität des Widerstands kann man mithilfe des Geräts bestimmte Muskeln und Muskelgruppen trainieren, falsche Bewegungsabläufe, Ungleichgewicht zwischen Muskelgruppen oder fehlerhafte Körperhaltung korrigieren. Diese verbesserten Haltungs- und Bewegungsgewohnheiten nimmt man vom Pilates-Studio auch ins richtige Leben mit und fühlt sich so im eigenen Körper wieder wohl.

Für mich persönlich sind die Stahlfedern das zauberhafteste Merkmal der Pilates-Geräte. Durch den Widerstand und die Führung, welche durch die Federn erzeugt werden, erfährt der Übende eine überraschend andere Bewegung als an konventionellen Trainingsgeräten oder mit freien Gewichten. Man muss es erleben, um es zu verstehen!

Im Core Pilates Studio bieten wir Pilates-Training auf Geräten in Gruppen und machen diese Art Übung so für viele Menschen zugänglich. In kleinen Gruppen (höchstens 4 Personen) können wir uns auch um jeden Kunden individuell kümmern.

“I feel so good and strong after the training. Nothing is more effective than this!”

“Danach fühle ich mich so gut und stark. Es gibt nichts Effektiveres!”

Real men do Pilates

Pilates is not an exercise that women do because they like to stretch

The Pilates method was invented by a man, on a man’s body. At various times in his life, Joseph Pilates was a gymnast, diver, body-builder, circus-performer, professional boxer, and self-defence trainer. He developed his method, originally called Contrology, when he worked with injured soldiers helping them to recover and rehabilitate from injuries using his exercises.

Joseph Pilates himself practiced his method and trained many males. The practice was very athletic in nature. It wasn’t until he opened his first studio in New York City that he started to get many injured dances as clients from the dance studios located nearby. And so it happened that many of his first-generation students were ex-dancers, who infused the practice with the dancer language.

Nowadays Pilates is widely used as a training method by professional athletes including golfers, rugby players, swimmers, runners, tennis and baseball players. Why?

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How Pilates can benefit men

Pilates integrates the body by focusing on activating and connecting the strongest parts of the body first – your core. From your core you work your body with integrated movement, connecting all the weaker body parts to your strong core. The whole body becomes stronger as a result. Swimmers, cyclists, weightlifters know this and successfully incorporate the Pilates movement principles in their workouts. Yes, you can lift more weight with confidence – if you know how to activate your core!

The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as pumping up isolated muscles of arms, chest and legs, which may lead to muscle imbalance and later injuries. Eg, men typically have big quadricepts but smaller and weaker inner thigh muscles.

Furthermore, the muscles that are normally worked out are typically the “movers” (those that move joints) with little emphasis on the “stabilisers” (those that stabilise them), further increasing the instability of the joints and risk of injury.

As most athletes know, most pain and injuries are the result of muscle imbalance and a lack of flexibility. Weak hip stabilisers may lead to knee problems in long distance runners.

Pilates helps to prevent injuries not only by restoring muscle balance but also by making you more flexible.

Everybody knows that Pilates improves posture, but why is a good posture important to men? Besides the obvious benefits of it reducing pain in the back, neck and shoulders and preventing future health issues, having good posture plays a key role in first impressions. You can even grow an inch or two taller, while your spine is regaining its natural curve! More importantly, good posture yields more energy because it means we’re not fighting gravity.

Pilates complements any sport, and can be incorporated in any training protocol. Simply put, Pilates goes with everything; use Pilates by itself or in combination with anything you already do. When the abdominals are trained and strengthened to activate at the level Pilates brings them to, they make your body work in proper alignment which will increase how hard the rest of your body is working and make those gym sessions more worth your time, with better results.

Are you man enough to try?

The classical Pilates method contained a series of over 500 mat or equipment based exercises which, in contemporary Pilates, has been adapted to include the latest research in the physiotherapy and sports and exercise science. So where do you start?

>Take a Pilates Mat class, where you will be led through a series of exercises that move your trunk through all planes of motion: flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation, while emphasising the engagement of the trunk stabiliser muscles (your “core”).

>Try the Pilates equipment. By far the most common Pilates equipment class you will come across will be the Pilates Reformer. The resistance based exercises of the Reformer extend the challenge to muscles of arms and legs while maintaining emphasis on core stabilisers – thus helping to imprint

safe and efficient movement patterns into your muscle memory.

Whatever you will be doing in a Pilates class, you will be using your core to stabilise while you are doing it. Simply put, that means that you will get an hour of abs every class, no matter what other exercises you are given.

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