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The 6 Principals of Pilates

Inertia6 was partially named after the six principals of Authentic Pilates. Those principals are Control, Concentration, Centering, Precision, Breathing, and Flow. All six principals are important and play a key role in an Authentic Pilates program. It’s these six principals that make Authentic Pilates stand out in the vast world of Pilates-like exercise.

1. Control

In Pilates, maintaining control is essential to performing quality movement. We don’t focus on sheer quantity, or how quickly you can complete an exercise. Instead we aim for quality movement to maximize the benefits and avoid injury.

2. Concentration

Pilates is exercise for the body AND mind. Throughout your workout, you must remain aware of what you are doing and how you are doing it.

3. Centering

Pilates emphasizes moving from the center, or core. Our core supports our entire body. When you originate exercises from your core, you limit fatigue, overuse and risk for injury.

4. Precision

Every Pilates movement has a purpose. Making your movement precise ensures you receive the maximum benefit of each exercise.

5. Breathing

Pilates uses breath purposefully. It helps to direct and focus your movement. Pilates also places emphasis on breathing fully and properly, expanding your rib cage in all directions while inhaling, then tightening the abdominal muscles with the exhale.

6. Flow

It is important to create flow within your Pilates practice. Flow helps to create deeper connections and smoother transitions. Each exercise has a precise beginning and end and between each exercise is a carefully planned transition. Ideally, you could complete an entire Pilates workout without ever coming to a pause in movement.

As an Authentic Pilates studio, Inertia6 uses these six principles to shape and focus each client’s Pilates session. This helps to create a healthy and well-rounded practice. These six principles have been taught for 100 years and they are proven to work.

– Rachael Turner, LMT, Pilates instructor & Founder of Inertia6