Wellness lexicon

Callanetics - A gym programme to strengthen the deeper muscles

In the early eighties, a gym style developed by the American Callan Pinckney became a worldwide trend. It was based on her ballet training and the aim was to help people, who were not necessarily fit or used to exercise, have a great figure in a short period of time. Callanetics is a combination of gymnastics, yoga and ballet, and focuses on problem areas like the stomach, legs and bottom.

The exercises consist of small, precise and slow movements, which are repeated up to 100 times. This results in an improved posture as well as better flexibility. Beginners are advised to start with 10-20 repetitions and increase slowly up to a maximum of 100 repetitions.

A combination of callanetics and an endurance exercise like power walking is particularly effective.

When practising callanetics, there is no requirement for machines or music because the exercises do not need to be done in a certain rhythm. It is advisable to join a group with an instructor to ensure the exercises are done correctly.

A classic callanetics’ programme does not involve a warm up, so it is recommended to include a few warm up elements to reduce the risk of injury. Beginners should increase the amount of repetitions slowly and include small breaks to avoid overworking of the muscles.

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