Pilates is a type of exercise that’s been around for over 100 years. But there’s some debate about which type of Pilates is the best – classic or contemporary. Both styles have pros and cons, but ultimately it comes down to what works best for you. Here we will take a look at what contemporary Pilates is and how it differs from classic Pilates.
What is contemporary Pilates?
Joseph Pilates developed his method of exercise in the early 20th century. Since then, many Pilates teachers have adapted his original work over time. This progressive approach to the method is called contemporary Pilates. Joseph Pilates spent many years growing and developing his method. He approached his work with a creative spirit, always looking to grow it. Hence, contemporary instructors believe he’d want to see his method progress.
Contemporary Pilates is a newer form of Pilates. It incorporates the same principles of classical Pilates but adds new elements. Contemporary Pilates makes adjustments based on anatomy, and current health challenges today. One of these changes is teaching from a neutral spine. Neutral spine alignment maintains a natural curve throughout the workout. The change addresses the increasing amount of time people spend sitting all day. This often leads to a posture that’s rounded forward.
Contemporary Pilates teachers often take liberty in the progression of exercises in class. Classic Pilates follows the same order of exercises as taught by Joseph Pilates. Contemporary Pilates alters the same exercises in order, tempo, and position. Contemporary Pilates instructors often incorporate newer props, like the Konnector.
Classical vs Contemporary Pilates
Classical and Contemporary Pilates have more in common than they are different. However, many people are curious about the differences. Knowing their differences, helps you decide which approach is right for you. Below is an outline of how these two Pilates styles differ. To decide which style of Pilates is better, try a variety of classes. In time, you’ll find one that suits you.
- Original teachings of Joseph Pilates
- Follows a similar pattern of exercises in each class
- Increasing tempo, pace, and flow with advanced work
- Imprints spine (tucked pelvis) to engage the core
- Updated variations of exercises
- Additional props created by more recent teachers
- Typically moves at a slower, consistent pace
- Neutral spine alignment
So, what’s the verdict? Is contemporary Pilates better than classic Pilates? We encourage you to decide for yourself. Any Pilates is better than no Pilates. So if you’re ready to start your Pilates journey. Call us at ProHealth in Peachtree City, GA today.