Pilates Essence - How Pilates Disrupted Fitness
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Pilates Essence - How Pilates Disrupted Fitness

Compelling Look at Pilates History and Potential
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Created by Emmie Li
Last updated 12/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Define "disruption"
  • Distinguish Pilates from "mainstream"
  • Practice a full body workout
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Requirements
  • Dress comfortably, place a mat on the floor, a small space is needed for movement
Description

Invigorate your mind. Rejuvenate your body. Whether you are a beginner or an seasoned Pilates practitioner, you will learn the genius of Pilates that was deemed "ahead of his time". This course takes you behind the scene through the method's history in revealing its brilliance. In just about an hour, you will uncover the amazing innovation inside a system of exercise that will leave you truly revived. 

Invigorate your mind and rejuvenate your body

  • Learn Pilates history through modern day context
  • Apply "disruption" to Joseph Pilates' innovations
  • Practice step-by-step exercise techniques

An innovative routine that truly revives

Since Pilates' "technology" was considered "underground" in his lifetime, many ideas were filtered and not applied. Today, important aspects are revealed. Based on the inventor's techniques, we will practice the exercises fully with body and mind. 

Content and Overview

You will learn from Joseph Pilates' own teaching from Return to Life Through Contrology. We will apply Clayton Christensen's idea of "disruption" to reveal context. A historical perspective discloses the inventor's mindset and motivation. To understand Pilates significance is to truly benefit. 

We will consider the influences of Pilates and the circumstances that prevented the method from flourishing in Pilates' lifetime. Then we will explore how the method "broke the mold" and shifted fitness.

Finally, you will be guided through a workout that is founded on natural movement, autonomy and empowerment.

Testimonials

“Emmie’s courses are always interesting and out-of-the-box” ~Linda M.

“I enjoyed the class. It’s calming and effective”. ~David G.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner to intermediate Pilates practitioners
  • Curious minds interested in Pilates
  • Seasoned practitioners searching for a different perspective
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
01:06:07
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:49

My name is Emmie. Welcome to Pilates Essence - How Pilates Disrupted Fitness. 

Reference

Rachleff, A. (2013, February 16). What "Disrupt" Really Means. Retrieved December 23, 2016 from https://techcrunch.com/2013/02/16/the-truth-about-disruption/

Photo Credit

“Business Software - Clayton Christensen” by Betsy Weber is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Preview 01:49
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Pilates
6 Lectures 18:49

He called for a change in perspective, where medicine for the “cure of diseases” may not be the answer. Instead, it is the prevention of ailments through a strong body that conquers. And to achieve that strong body, i. e. such high level of fitness, one must pay attention to their daily routines. In other words, each person in his or her own right, has the ability to control their wellbeing. 

According to Pilates, no health authority in his time could even “fully explain what constitutes normal health” or the “natural philosophy of health”. (P. 103)

His point is, the adoption of natural habits can make a hugely positive impact on our health. And we ourselves can be responsible for it.

Reference

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 

Photo Credit

“Color picture of bottles from black-n-white era” by Amanjeev is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Preview 02:16

What he called, the “simplest law of nature” is in fact, the “balance of body and mind”. (P. 114). 

And “what is balance of body and mind? It is the conscious control of all muscular movement of the body”. (P. 114) Based on this key principle, Joseph Pilates developed his method of exercise, which he called, “Contrology”.

Reference

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 

Preview 02:04

It was documented that “Pilates worked very hard to promote his work. He conducted lecture-demonstrations for medical professionals. He taught at Armed Forces bases in the New York area, (and) created exercise pamphlets…” (P. 16)

However, it seemed that the population was not ready for his inventions. It was quoted that Joseph Pilates said, “I’m 50 years ahead of my time”. 

References

Lessen, D. (Ed.). (2005). The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide. Miami, FL: Pilates Method Alliance.

Kapoor, R., & Adner, R. (2016). Disruption: It's Not the Tech, It's the Timing. Retrieved December 23, 2016 from https://hbr.org/2016/11/right-tech-wrong-time

Preview 02:13

According to Lance C. Dalleck, M.S. and Len Kravitz, Ph.D., “Continental Europe underwent numerous cultural changes following the Renaissance. Fitness remained important and continued to follow trends initiated during the Renaissance” (1700 to 1850). In Germany, in particular, there was a rise in popularity in gymnastics. 

Political forces influenced the development of gymnastics programs as a body conditioning method. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany towards the end of that era in 1880. Since he was a sickly child, he was motivated first and foremost, to better his own body and attain physical health. It was said that, "for over 25 years, (Pilates) has conducted progressive experiments along scientific and practical lines with his own body and those of his pupils”. (P. 105)

References

Dalleck, L. C., M. S., & Kravitz, L., Ph.D. (n.d.). History of Fitness. Retrieved December 23, 2016, from http://bit.ly/2i0V6kW

Lessen, D. (Ed.). (2005). The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide. Miami, FL: Pilates Method Alliance.

Photo Credit

"Great Depression" by Pamela B is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Interior fábrica de tabacos. Madrid" by Teresa Avellanosa is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Preview 05:19

Where Contrology deviate from mainstream fitness is the method is fully body and mind, it is based on natural laws and can be practiced anywhere.

While in the 1950s, government efforts shifted back to promoting physical fitness, establishments have begun standardizing physical education and advocacy for disease prevention has gained momentum, “the mind-body concept has had a tenuous development”. (Dalleck and Kravitz)

Contrology not only offers the means to achieve this level of prosperity but it is also a portable and viable option that empowers its practitioners. However, under the circumstances of Joseph Pilates’ time, such a need had not yet been prioritized and the conventional option (or “technology” if you may) still had room to grow.

Therefore, in his studio in New York City, Joe and his wife, Clara Pilates worked mostly with those who needed a different kind of strength. Most were dancers and performers and some were injured and could not perform traditional exercises. Contrology, mostly served a cohort of artists and unconventionals. 

He took on a completely different approach to strengthening and argued that the mind and the body must work together. Only a balance of the two will yield over all health. He said, “a sound mind ‘housed’ in a sound body (100% balanced) is desirable just as is a fine copper-roofed house built on a solid rock foundation”. (P. 135)

He cautioned against what he called, “artificial exercises” (P. 103) that would produce a “muscle-bound” body. Instead, carefully execute each movement so that “each muscle may cooperatively and loyally aid in the uniform development of all our muscles”. (P. 15)

References

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics.

Dalleck, L. C., M. S., & Kravitz, L., Ph.D. (n.d.). History of Fitness. Retrieved December 23, 2016, from http://bit.ly/2i0V6kW

Photo Credit

“Bar-bell Dumpbell” by Markus Spiske is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Man with Ball” by Nick Harris is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 “D05_1466” by Hisashi is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Pilates' Divergence
04:50

The result of Contrology, he says would include the reawakening of not only “dormant muscle cells” but also thousands of dormant brain cells, thus activating new areas and stimulating further the functioning of the mind”. (P. 10)

Sounds too good to be true? Certainly, unconventional. Especially in his time, when the idea of exercise for health was only at its onset. 

It is not surprising that his method was largely ignored. Luckily, those who experienced Contrology were convinced. As they saw the results first-hand, they spreaded the word. The exercises therefore, became known among a niche of dancers and artists in the US. And it lived on.

Reference

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 

Thereafter
02:07
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Exercise Collection
4 Lectures 45:29

Exercises

  • Knee Folds
  • Knees Open
  • Hundred
  • Roll Down
  • Single Leg Circle
  • Rolling Like A Ball
Part 1
17:21

Continued

  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Single Stretch Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Lower and Lift
  • Criss Cross 
  • Spine Stretch
  • Open Leg Rocker
  • Saw
  • Swan
  • Single Leg Kick (modified)
Part 2
14:14

Continued

  • Shoulder Bridge
  • Spine Twist
  • Side Kick Series
  • Teaser
  • Swimming
  • Seal
Part 3
13:54

Thank you.

Post Workout
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About the Instructor
Emmie Li
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Teacher | Writer | Entrepreneur

Philosophy is my passion. Pilates is my tool. Having been a teacher and mentor for 15 years, owning and operating a Pilates studio on the west coast of Canada for 7, I have seized the wonder and unraveled the success. Upon selling my business, I traveled and taught Pilates in the heart of Paris for 2 years. I now embark on a digital lifestyle, creating new paths and help others along the way. 

For a list of my qualifications, please click "Pilates Essence" on the site, "30 Degrees Off Centre".