Pilates: A 25 Minute Butt Blaster – By Dalia Al Saad


“All you need is you, your glutes, and a mat!”

Do you want the nicest roundest butt ever? Well, Cassey Ho, a social media entrepreneur who established oGorgeous as well as a YouTube Channel called Blogilates, guarantees breathtaking results.
Pilates with Cassey Ho is a life-changing experience! You can say bye-bye to crunches while still burn the stubborn fat in your derriere. The beauty of pilates is more effective at tightening the hard-to-target obliques, it will kick your heart rate up to that of speed of walking, and it will make improve your posture and make you appear taller and leaner.

Many people don’t know that Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who was a physical-culturist from Mönchengladbach, Germany.

A Few Key Differences between Yoga & Pilates:

  • Yoga concentrates mostly on increasing strength and flexibility of the spine and limbs; Pilates focuses on building abdominal strength first, and then symmetrical musculature as well as overall flexibility.
  • In Pilates, every movement emanates from the center (core) and extending through the limbs. In yoga, it is the concentration on the breath, first, then focusing on deepening a pose.
  • In yoga, the primary goal (aside from proper alignment in the poses), is to stay connected to the breath; in Pilates, the first order of business is the precision of movement, and then, the coordination of that movement with the breath.
  • The breathing patterns are different in both. In yoga, for the bulk of the asana practice, the breath is either ujjayi, a smooth, heat-inducing breath that sounds like the ocean, or kapalabhati, a rapid breath that creates greater internal heat. In Pilates, the breath for most exercises is a slow, controlled, diaphragmatic breath, but a few exercises use a rapid, staccato-like breath (similar to kapalabhati breathing in yoga).
  • In Pilates, most of the exercises are performed lying down, either prone (on the stomach), supine (on the back), or side-lying. These movements aim to defy gravity the entire time, engaging the abdominal center in order to lift up from the ground to lengthen muscles. In yoga, most of the poses are done standing, and work with gravity by rooting down into the earth in order to lengthen the body away from the floor (with the exception of arm balances and inversions where one tries to defy gravity). Note that in yoga, there are a number of poses done on the floor as well, such as seated forward bends, twists, bow pose, and plow, and in Pilates, there is also standing series, such as the sculpting series or exercises that integrate the magic circle prop.

References:
http://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates
http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Is-Yoga-or-Pilates-Better-for-You
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates#History
http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=whats_the_difference_between_yoga_and_pilates

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