What is Poolates?
Easily the most asked question for any Poolates instructor. Unfortunately, “Pilates in the pool” is often not enough of an answer! So to best respond to the question let’s break it down for you.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates. Focusing on a limited number of repetitions executed with proper form, it is an incredibly popular exercise method in America with over 10 million practitioners. Core body focused, Pilates builds strength without building bulk, increases flexibility and improves balance.
Why Pilates in the water?
Taking the principles of Pilates; control, precision, awareness, concentration, efficiency of movement and fluidity of movement into the water allows us to add two more factors to the Pilates workout equation, buoyancy and resistance.
Water has seven times the resistance of air and increased resistance builds muscle. Feeling the water on your skin also increases spatial awareness. Buoyancy increases exercise difficulty in Poolates, the more buoyant you are the harder the core has to work to stabilize the body while moving. In addition, being in the pool allows us to move more three dimensionally. When executing the hundred on land, the back muscles do not have to work very hard as they are being supported by the floor, in fifty fifty, the Poolates version of the hundred, the whole core i.e, the entire torso from chin to pubis front and back, is engaged through the entire exercise sequence, working hard to maintain stability and balance.
The pool also functions as a piece of Pilates apparatus, depth changes, walls and steps can all be used to increase or decrease exercise difficulty, in addition warm water increases muscle flexiblilty and improves the flow of synovial fluid around the joints while reducing exercise stress on the muscles and joints.
Poolates, even more than Pilates can be modified to suit any exercise population from the most fit to the most challenged and is an especially good way for the deconditioned participant; obese, medically challenged or just out of shape, to safely and effectively work their way back into shape in a safe and fun environment.
For more information about Poolates, check out our videos on this website or go to the store and order one of our DVD’s. Even more questions? shoot me an email at
lgibson @poolates.com or call me at 920 535 0504. Until next time