Working the Structure verses Working Out

madeline black beach pilates poseMy personal workouts have always been about bringing strength to the areas that are weak and flexibility to the areas of holding, the restriction of movement. One cannot happen without the other. I then create a balance to my structure, which gives me strength. My mission is to spread the idea that working out is not about boot camp mentality. A precise, efficient and a structure-based focus in a workout results in better strength gains, looks and YOU FEEL GOOD! As I was writing a workshop manual for my upcoming workshop in Florence, Italy (yes another manual), I was explaining how a structural imbalance causes the compensated movement and poor mechanics. A quote entered my head, that I first heard from Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo of IMT, "structure follows form, form follows function". I wondered, who said this first? I googled it and came up with the whole quote. It was stated by Louis Sullivan, the architect, who developed the shape of the first steel skyscraper in Chicago in 1896. I find it interesting how in the late 19th Century, like minds were conceiving similar principles of tensegrity. It is also the time when Joseph Pilates was born and growing up.

Here is the quote:

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, Of all things physical and metaphysical, Of all things human and all things super-human, Of all true manifestations of the head, Of the heart, of the soul, That the life is recognizable in its expression, That form ever follows function. This is the law. ~Louis Sullivan 1896

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