Is Pilates Stunted?


Is Pilates Stunted?

I recently read a press release regarding London personal trainer James D'Silva and his new Garuda machine, which is slowly making its way to the US.

In the article, which discusses the reasoning behind the Garuda, D'Silva is quoted as saying,

Over the years I have found Pilates quite stunted, so I have come up with a contraption which amalgamates Pilates machines into one and adds some features. I found the whole repertoire quite boring after so many years and I thought I could take it somewhere else. It has worked really well.

I always wonder how anyone could find Pilates stunted. With the mat work and all of the apparatus (including some that almost no studios have anymore - like the baby arm chair, guillotine, and head harness) and props, there are literally thousands of possibilities.

In fact, the longer I do and teach Pilates, the more complex and varied it gets. There is just so much that you can do within the system of Contrology (that's what Joseph Pilates called it).

Here is the Garuda in action:


7 Things You Didn't Know About Pilates: Shape Magazine

I was looking at my Google news alert for "Pilates" this morning and saw this headline under "Web": 7 Things You Didn't Know About Pilates: Shape Magazine. It turned out to be a great little slideshow dispelling some Pilates myths and featuring my friend Alycea Ungaro of Real Pilates in Tribeca (where I teach when in the city). Great factoids like the original name of Pilates (Contrology) and that Pilates actually burns more fat longer than cardio! I encourage you to check out the piece and let me know what you think. Did you learn something new about Pilates?