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|Welcome to an excerpt from the PCI Newsletter on the Pilates Principles.|
In this issue we feature teacher trainee Karen Lutzer from PCI Affiliate Studio,
Lead Pilates in Saskatoon, Canada, owned by Jana Danielson.
Quality versus Quantity
Quality by definition is the "standard of how good something is as measured
against other similar things" and "general excellence". In contrast, quantity
is defined as "a certain amount or number".
Contrology, now known as Pilates, is about the quality of performing an
exercise to a standard developed by Joseph Pilates and not the quantity
or number of exercises a person can complete. The functional objective
of the Pilates series of standardized exercises is to improve a person's
quality of life "the benefits of Contrology depend solely upon your
performing the exercises exactly to instructions", pg 201
The number of repetitions of each Pilates exercise is kept low, with
the exception of exercises with beats. Joseph stated that you should
" never to repeat the selected exercise(s) more than the prescribed
number of times since more harm will result than good.. Because this
infraction creates muscular fatique-poison There is really
no need for tired muscles.",pg 311.
Quality through striving to achieve excellence in how a Pilates practitioner
should live their life is also found in Joseph Pilates belief of whole body
commitment. In Return to Life, he outlines a standard of how a person
should live including details on proper posture, sleeping quarters and
eating habits to achieve an improved quality of life.
Performing the Pilates repertoire to the standard of excellence developed
by Joseph Pilates and striving to live your life through a whole body
commitment by achieving a standard of excellence will increase your
quality of life, allowing you to "achieve happiness, for is not real happiness
truly born of the realization of worthwhile work well done" pp341.
1. Pilates, J. Return to Life. 3 Miami: Pilates Method Alliance Inc., 2005.
2. Soans, C. Oxford Dictionary of Current English. 3. New York. Oxford University Press. 1993.