What’s the difference between gym-based and clinical Pilates?
The practice of Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates over 60 years ago and focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It was originally a dance/gymnast-based practice with a large focus on global muscle recruitment with strict dosages and order of repertoire. Nowadays this workout has been adapted for use as a rehabilitative tool by health professionals and for fitness and wellbeing.
There are two main types of Pilates, both with very different focuses, therefore it is important to differentiate between these:
1. Clinical Pilates is an evidence-based, individualised form of traditional Pilates, which is practised by physiotherapists. Each patient receives a thorough assessment of their mobility, strength and movement patterns to develop a program which is specific to their needs. The programs are progressive and goal-based; therefore they are not only rehabilitative for injuries, but also for prevention of injuries and improving sport performance.
2. Gym-based Pilates, is a generalised fitness program presented by Pilates/fitness instructors and personal trainers. It focuses on core strength and flexibility. This is the type of Pilates you may participate in at your local gym, and tends to have larger class sizes. It is a great workout for the general fit population, and can be useful later down the track for those participating in Clinical Pilates. Whilst it can be a great tool for a total mind and body workout, it is not specific enough for those with pain or pathology. Some exercises may even worsen certain types of injuries. Always consult a physiotherapist or health professional about any injuries or pain you have.
Back to uni
Final year of physiotherapy… I start with 10 weeks of clinical placement. Main goals: get good marks (>75%), maintain sanity and a vague sense of health & fitness. I’m doing one Step Into Life cardio session per week, and I’ll aim for two short runs (4-6km) every week as well, and an occasional lounge room yoga sesh. Day 1 was good - it was a total blur, and now I need to sit down and unpack my brain and figure out what to do with my patients tomorrow.
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I had an awesome cardio session tonight but it ended in disappointment. We started with pyramid intervals for 4.5 minutes, two times over and I felt really strong in the hard runs. I hit a heart rate of 194. My hip was feeling great throughout the whole session. In the last ten minutes of the hour, we did mountain climbers and my hip obviously reached its breaking point. I got sudden pain in my right SIJ and greater trochanter and couldn’t run anymore. Shit. I’ve been really good with my Pilates and other exercises and making sure I don’t aggravate the glut med tendon, and it’s been improving heaps… and I obviously took it too far tonight. Time to rest.
So awkward when your strength class is a partner class using resistance bands, and your partner is not as strong as you but you can’t make the exercises harder because then your partner won’t be able to do it. Anyway. Salmon, mashed pumpkin and salad for dinner.
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I definitely made the most of my final bit of holidays this week:
Mon: cardio class
Tue: hot yoga (+ 5.4km walk), boxing class
Wed: 8km run
Thur: hot yoga (+ 5.4km walk), clinical Pilates
Sat: clinical Pilates, hot yoga (+5.4km walk)
Sun: 6km run, double hot yoga (135mins, +5.4km walk)