There are several reasons why Pilates is the best type of exercise for pregnant and soon-to-be pregnant women.
Pilates workouts are designed to strengthen your core muscles with an emphasis on abdominal muscles, the lower back and the muscles of the pelvic floor. All of these muscles are important in pregnancy because of the changes to your body as your baby grows, especially as your abs are stretched and your lower back is pulled forwards.
If these core muscles are toned by doing Pilates they will support your baby properly so you can have a more comfortable pregnancy with less back-ache and you will have more control over the muscles during delivery.
When your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles are strong and in good
condition they have a better chance of full recovery to normal after
birth making your life easier in the few months after childbirth when you will need all the energy you have.
The most important point to remember is that a good instructor from any method will be better than a bad instructor from any method, and an instructor who has learned many different methods is likely to know and understand more than someone who has an idealised opinion of one particular method.
Classical Pilates is a prescribed set of exercises following the original design of Joseph Pilates as taught to ballet dancers in the middle of last century. Several of Pilates' students continued their own style of Pilates as learned from Pilates himself, including the widely known Ron Fletcher and Romana Kryzanowska.
Classical Pilates is a one-size-fits-all method that follows the principle that a 'flat back' is the ideal spine alignment rather than the anatomically normal S-curve. For some people, especially ballet dancers this makes the method feel natural since the posture they typically develop over years of practicing fits well with the exercise routine taught in Classical Pilates classes.
Strictly taught Classical Pilates classes follow a set routine that is intended to be followed perfectly by students and this routine does not change over time since no new routines were left by Pilates during his lifetime.
Modern or Contemporary Pilates is used to describe any Pilates method that does not strictly follow the original teachings of Joseph Pilates as taught to ballet dancers.
Methods such as STOTT PILATES™ use modifications and changes to the original exercises to allow a gradual progression of exercises according to a client's ability. This makes the class more beneficial to clients who want to build up their ability over time and also allows Pilates to be used by clients with conditions such as back pain or scoliosis. Modified Pilates is especially good for pregnant women who need special consideration because of the physiological changes during pregnancy.
These days many workout methods are incorporating the importance of core strength in all exercise and it is common for personal trainers to take a Pilates qualification in order to broaden their scope of understanding of movement and exercise.
In fact it is very beneficial for personal trainers to have an understanding of correct and normal posture and deviations from normal posture in order to know which gym based exercises can help or hurt individual clients. Although this knowledge can be gained through many different courses or certifications it is best standardised and practiced by contemporary Pilates methods especially STOTT PILATES™.If you work out on your own at the gym it is useful to have a knowledge of Pilates so that you can make sure your joints, especially your lower back are safe while you are using heavy weights. This can help prevent injuries, especially to the rotator cuff (shoulder) and lower back.