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Is it cardio? Is it aerobics? Is it dance?

The new concept is a combination of Pilates, cardio exercises, dance and aerobics, says its German inventor.

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It teaches your body to differentiate between real hunger and craving for food says Pilardio inventor Jasmin Waldmann (standing, third from left).

The name is a combination of Pilates and Cardio. It provides two important purposes: specific nutrition and a programme of group fitness classes. It is based on 10 important principles: breathing, joy, control, mobilization, strengthening, coordination, body length and width, cardiovascular system, perception and precision, nutrition.
Appropriate exercises from Pilates, strength training and from back exercises were set in motion and combined with elements of ballet, jazz dance and aerobics by its German inventor and life & fitness coach, Jasmin Waldmann.

Jasmin is a fitness trainer, body and mind transformation coach, and works with several German TV channels and radio stations.  Her specialty is all-round weight management. As a child she learned ballet and actively participated in volleyball, tennis and swimming. In 1995 she started weight-lifting, then trained in martial arts, jazz and street dance.

All Pilardio exercises are done while standing and the training is supported by fantastic rhythms. The step sequences are kept simple and are easy to learn. Posture, fun, body tension, peace of mind and movement are in focus. Happiness and breath control are on top of the agenda to reap the benefits of Pilardio.

It means you enjoy everything you do: taking life easy and thinking about challenges and tasks, rather than about problems. It stands for precise movements in classes as well as general life without losing focus.
“Pilardio teaches its practitioners to live life in an easy and self-determined manner,” according to its inventor, Jasmin Waldmann. “When your mind is easy and light, then you have a light body automatically.”

It is a definitive style of living. Pilardio combines many helpful programmes to support humans to identify and develop themselves. It takes care of the movement, the right way of eating, it is meditative, supports self-reflection, right posture and being responsible to oneself.

“My students know how Pilardio feels: relaxed, balanced, the stomach is filled with the right quantity and type of food. At the same time they are aware and alert, balanced and happy,” Jasmin insists.

Food and fun

So how is Pilardio beneficial? How is it different from yoga or gym training? Jasmin calls it “a unique programme in many ways”. Compared to activities like yoga (meditation and flexibility), Pilates (body control and core training) or aerobics (cardio and coordination) and gym exercises (strength), Pilardio claims to be a smart mixture that gives meditative benefits, strengthening the core and peripheral muscles (legs), cardio effect and controlled movement of the body.

“Practitioners are able to think and act more clearly and take care of themselves in terms of a better connection with their bodies,” says Jasmin. “In their day-to-day lives they learn to differentiate between the important and unimportant things. They learn to listen to their bodies and handle them with more respect.”

Most importantly, Jasmin adds, practitioners reduce weight and get rid of excess fat because their bodies “know” what they need in terms of nutrition. Pilardio nutrition is a unique type of diet, not restricted to only a short time. It can be practiced for life.

“This programme does not begin with identifying deficiencies or symptoms. Its approach is more holistic, and hence healthy. It teaches your body how to identify its needs, and differentiate between real (physical) hunger and perceptible (mental) craving for food.”

She realised that all diet forms were quite inflexible to the nuances of gender, individual needs, preferences and appetite. Working in close collaboration with nutritional scientists Jasmin created her own style of nutrition, which she launched in 2012.

How did Pilardio come to her mind? She began Pilates in 2001, when she moved to Cologne, to study and join her passion: “sports and health trainer”. After passing her diploma she moved to the US and Australia and worked in the fitness markets there. Simultaneously, she studied all that Joseph Pilates had to say about his programme.

“I reached the conclusion that, although efficient, the training was still patchy. While working as a personal trainer, I started paying attention to the roles of nutrition, human psychology and behavior in everyday life,” she remembers.

Between 2004 and 2008, she went about creating a programme that went beyond exercise and training. The purpose was to give and teach something so that the awareness of tension of the deep muscles, plus self-awareness, became a habit after some time of training.

“It was not about specific movements as such, but the whole performance in general which wasn’t correct. The necessary tension and support of the deep and important muscles was lacking all the time. By 2012, I felt my programme was more wholesome,” she adds.

About her accompanying music, she says it is an important part of everybody’s lives. “Everything is easier with the right music. The world appears lighter, the mood lifts, the soul is happy and the heart flies. I understood this and created a specific programme that allows my students to move even lighter. It is a support system, without getting carried away.”

Do’s and don’ts

How does Pilardio help deal with physical ailments? Those suffering from common diseases – high blood pressure, fatty liver, diabetes mellitus (Type II), back pain and asthma – find relief from the programme. Those suffering from burnout symptoms – anxiety, lack of concentration, feeling of fatigue – definitely benefit from Pilardio. “In the best case, the programme works to prevent ill health and helps to keep a healthy mind-body balance,” Jasmin stresses.

What are the precautions that need to be kept in mind? In nutrition there are no restrictions as long as the practitioner is healthy. “In the exercises part they are some limitations, as always. Not everything is made for everybody at all times,” she explains. But for sure Pilardio is not for women after their second month of pregnancy; or for people with a history of cardiac problems, such as strokes or heart attacks.

Pilardio can be practiced almost every day. Since it is a programme that involves the heart, local and global muscles, they need some rest to recover. “All of your actions show some results. If you practise four times a week, eat according to the programme and sleep well at night, you can see results as early as in 15 days,” Jasmin says.


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