The 6 Principles of Pilates: Control and Precision

I am continuing to talk about the 6 Principles of Pilates, and today the turn has come to Control and Precision. These two seem so very interlinked to me, that they are sharing today’s post. Enjoy the read!


Did you know that Joseph Pilates called his exercise method “Contrology”?

In Pilates, all movements are intentional and deliberate. The mind is controlling the muscles, and your muscles are controlling the movement. This is one of the reasons that Pilates is a relatively safe way of exercising, as you use muscle control rather than bouncing or flinging the limbs while you are moving. One of the great benefits of using the studio equipment, is that it actually requires you to maintain control to make the springs move smoothly…..we all know that sound when the reformer carriage bangs shut 😁

Next time you are doing Pilates, try to focus on where in your body each movement is coming from and which muscles you are using to do it, so each movement is executed mindfully with you in control.


It is always quality over quantity in Pilates, and better to perform fewer repetitons with good technique rather than doing too many reps and losing your form. It is also precision as well as maintaining good form that will help you achieve the best results from Pilates. It has been said before that “it is the little details that will change your body”, and that really is so true.

Sometimes it is a small rotation of the leg that will make the difference between shaping up your outer hips instead of building bulky thigh muscles. Sometimes it is a slight backwards tilt of your pelvis that will make the difference between stretching your hip-flexors instead of compressing your lower back.

It is always worth giving some attention to the finer detail, as that is often where the real work is and also where many of the “aha-moments” happen.

Anne-Marie xx


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