If you've grown weary of that boring water workout, this guide will up the intensity with a routine that incorporates all the benefits of pilates in the pool.
: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Study the Pilates method Study the Pilates method to learn the core principles of centering, control, precision, fluidity, breathing and concentration. You may also wish to take a standard Pilates class before moving into the water.
Step 2: Equip yourself Equip yourself with a VersaTube and a small kickboard. The VersaTube will help increase the natural resistance of the water and the kickboard will help with balance as you execute each exercise.
Step 3: Suit up Wear a comfortable bathing suit that allows for free movement and don some water shoes for better grip and balance in the water. Start in shallow water if you're a beginner and progress to deeper water as your skill level increases.
TIP: Use the natural buoyancy and resistance of the water to improve on the Pilates workout routine.
Step 4: Focus on breathing Concentrate on your breathing as you work out. Inhale when engaging the muscles and exhale upon release. Stare straight ahead and pick a single spot to stay focused as you workout.
Step 5: Modify other moves Try modifying other pilates moves for the water. With practice and effort your flexibility, coordination, and strength will improve.
FACT: Joseph Pilates, inventor of the Pilates method of exercise, perfected his workout when he served as a nurse during World War I helping injured soldiers recover.