Well, you may be more familiar with how your body feels during an intense strengthening session at the gym–exhausted and a little wobbly. Or maybe there is that similar feeling for you during running or a spin class, but you have never really reached the point to where your muscles shake. You feel muscle exhaustion because in these types of exercises your muscles are contracting and relaxing over and over again, which means that your muscles are able to become relaxed over and over again during these types of workouts. Because of these relaxing moments for your muscles to take, it is harder for your muscles to reach their max.
However, Pilates workout takes an entirely different approach to work your smooth muscles to the max–and a quicker path at that.
In Pilates, your muscles are challenged to hold positions for extended periods (this could be minutes) before given the opportunity to break.
Your Pilates Plus OC class exhaust your muscles giving ,the essential tremor by keeping them in that contracted position for a duration of time before you get to relax. Of course, we allow you to take breaks when necessary but the point behind holding those positions for an extended period is to work that muscle to the end of almost being burnt out. Then, work it a little harder, but then just as when you are feeling the Pilates shake then you can finally allow the muscle to relax and take a break.
Have you ever noticed that we focus on one body part before moving on to the other side or a different muscle in the body?
This is exactly why. We are entirely exhausting the muscle first before allowing it to take a break while working on another muscle group.
This is why we never have our students perform lunges on the right leg, then move on to an upper body exercise to then go back to the right leg–no, we burn that right leg out in its entirety before moving on to the upper body, for example.
The Pilates shake is something you should desire to achieve often to build the long, lean smooth muscles we are all seeking through Pilates.