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Callanetics or Pilates – Which One Should You Opt For?

callaneticsThrough the ages, numerous methods and exercise have been developed for humans to nourish the body and the soul at the same time. Some of them have survived through time, whereas many have disappeared without making much of a mark. A number of relatively modern exercise methods though, are gaining popularity with every passing day. These exercise regimes include the likes of Pilates and Callanetics.

Both of these disciplines are relatively new in nature, and have been able to gather a formidable amount of following. Both of them are similar in principles, as both Pilates and Callanetics aim for the development of the body and the soul and to bring both at peace. However, in spite of these similarities, the two differ in a number of ways, most importantly in terms of training equipment, nature of the exercises, and the effect on the body.

Of the two disciplines, Pilates is the older one when we consider the time of its origin. It was developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates immediately after the First World War. Pilates worked as a fitness instructor in Germany where he founded a small fitness school. It was in this fitness center where he developed the Pilates method.

On the other hand, the history of Callanetics is rather brief, as it was developed in the 1980s. Callan Pinckney is credited with the innovation of the method. He discovered Callanetics as a way to ease the body while training it to be in harmony with the mind, as well as to make it less prone to disease.

Callanetics and Pilates are both closely linked with each other due to the fact them these two exercise regimes share a number of common beliefs between them. Both the techniques utilize body alignment and physical mechanics for muscular development. However, unlike the heavy equipment workouts at the gym, muscles are developed in a “softer” nature that is firm enough to support the body and the spine.

Also, attaining stability and balance of the body is greatly stressed in both of these disciplines. Some exercises from these two are also remarkably alike, and are used to perform similar functions in the body and the mind.

Another important common factor in Pilates and Callanetics is that both of them require very little equipment in the actual sense. Instead of buying machines that are worth thousand of dollars and rarely return you the money invested in terms of benefits, Pilates and Callanetics can be done on a simple exercise mat on the floor, with or without exercise clothes, shoes or any other related gear.

However, despite the similarities between them, Pilates and Callanetics differ from each other as well. An easily noticeable difference between the two of them is that Callanetics is a discipline that never requires the use of machines or equipments, while in some cases, Pilates may require the use of a machine.

For example, the Reformer and Wunda chair forms of Pilates require the use of a machine to build up resistance against which you need to work to attain the required level of endurance in your body. Although it is true that these Pilates exercises can be done without the machines, in most cases they are too difficult to perform without the proper equipments, or simply, are not worth the effort in terms of benefit.

A key difference between the two is that Callanetics focuses on muscles in a given area, toning the relatively smaller muscles. Pilates, however, takes the whole body at once, emphasizing on development of each muscle of the body at the same time.

Furthermore, in accordance with the date of origin for both these disciplines, there are more certified experts and practitioners in Pilates than Callanetics. While Callanetics boasts only over a thousand experts, Pilates have thousands of experts worldwide offering their services.

So which one is better for you? Well, it is one of those relative answers that depends on you entirely. Depending on your exercise goal, you can opt for either one. However, what’s most important is that whichever you choose, you stick to it, and make the best out of it for your personal development.

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