Anyone who has enjoyed old silent movies by comedy greats like Charlie Chaplain is surprised and even amazed by the hilarious pratfalls that ensue. But if you watch the films as someone who has some knowledge of Pilates, you can see how these comedians could never have done many of these tricks without incredible core strength.
I recently watched one by the genius Chaplain in conflict with a pulldown bed – it’s oft called a Murphy Bed. When he rolled around and struggled with the bed I noticed he was rolling backwards, doing short-spine variations one after the other. This looked as if by happenstance because of the quirky bed, but in fact the comedian is working hard to make it look effortless. You start to understand how flexible and strong Chaplain must have been to perform such stunts!
Pilates has long been a staple of exercise for ballet and modern dancers. But this certainly shows the theory and execution of Pilates across all entertainment styles! Can you imagine how helpful Pilates can be in every day unforseen events such as keeping yourself upright when tripping on a crack in the sidewalk, or having the strength and flexibility to pick up something from the floor while in an airplane seat? It’s all easier with Pilates.
Entered by Carol Worthington-Levy, Pilates Student
The Chicago ‘EL’ makes Chicago a really easy town for public transportation. But that elevated train line that runs the Chicago Loop is comprised of a LOT of stairs. Metal stairs, flights and flights of them. No elevator that I could find… so it means going up and down those stairs many times a day.
There was a time when my asthma and bad back would have prompted me to give up and take a taxi, but for a pittence of cost, the EL is really the affordable way to go. So last weekend i kept saying to my traveling companion, “Thank goodness for Pilates!” during our long weekend in Chicago. Yeah now Chicago is MY kind of town!
Thanks for the American Fitness Professionals Association for this great article!
Amy Occhipinti, M.S.
For the past ten years, Pilates has become more and more popular in the fitness community. Whether you’re young or old it’s a perfect way to improve balance, mobility and strengthen the core. At AFPA we are passionate about delivering information and workouts that are tailored to each age group and fitness level; in today’s post you’ll gain insight into the benefits of Pilates for senior citizens.
Keeping fit and mobile is essential, especially for seniors. As we get older, healthy movements can help with balance, stability, control and overall fitness. With all of the movements out there it can be difficult to decide what movements are the best fit for older adults.
3 Pilates Exercises to Help Seniors Improve Balance & Mobility
NOTE: if you have not been exercising, we strongly recommend you work with one of our trainers to understand the moves before doing them at home by yourself.