Gyms, with their fast-circuit classes and weight machines tend to encourage work on the muscle groups that are already strong. Consequently, the strong muscle groups remain strong and the weaker ones remain weak.
So by using the Pilates Method the body develops in harmony, starting from inside to outside. Mind gets the control over the body involved in the balancing of all the muscles, starting with the deepest muscles who are rarely stimulated, to the peripheral muscles.
Because of that, when it comes to a gym routine, once a person stops following that routine, the results disappear rather quickly. With Pilates exercises, by contrast, results may not happen immediately, but in the long run, the benefits are clear. In addition, when you stop practicing the method for a time, the results still remain. And if you restart, even after a two-year break, you will feel as if you had stopped only yesterday.
Smaller muscle groups come into use and you begin to discover muscles you never knew you had—or you may realize that what you once thought was fat actually hides a muscle!
Finally, the method helps you develop a control that is useful for performing a range of movements—from the simplest, such as walking up a flight of stairs, to the most complex, such as lifting an awkward load from a difficult position—without straining the back, shoulders, or other muscles.
In summary, the Pilates method aims to produce the following:
1. Fluidity and awareness of movement.
2. Mental focus and control over bodily movements without the need to concentrate on them.
3. A body that “thinks” for itself.
4. A healthy body both from the inside and outside.