in 20 sessions you will see a difference,
in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.”
– Joseph Pilates, Creator of the Pilates Method
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercise that incorporates stretching and strengthening exercises to tone the entire body, improve posture, mobility, and complete body functionality, with a particular focus on developing core stability and strength.
It is the perfect complement to a strength & conditioning program, cardio workout or an injury rehab program. With an emphasis on correct breathing, correct spinal and pelvic placement and correct engagement of your core stabilizing muscles, regular practice of Pilates will make you more aware of how your body feels and how to correctly align your body in preparation for functional movements.
Want to know more? I have put together 6 reasons why you should do Pilates!
1. Pilates will Improve Your Posture
Poor posture is a common problem in society which can significantly affect our health and wellbeing. In Pilates there is an emphasis on strengthening all of the postural muscles that are weak, and stretching out those postural muscles that are tight and restricting our movement. This helps to correct any muscle imbalances, which decreases your chances of injury and allows you to stand taller and have more confidence!
2. Pilates Will Increase Your Muscular Strength & Tone
A Pilates workout will just about work every muscle group in the body. In a Matwork Pilates class you will perform a number of body weight exercises with the added help of balls, resistance bands and circles to add resistance. A Pilates Reformer workout involves use of the reformer machine which is a spring based resistance machine. With hundreds of exercises to choose from, each with countless variations, both methods of Pilates are extremely effective at toning the entire body!
3. Pilates Will Develop your Core Strength, Balance and Coordination
Pilates is known to improve core strength with a focus on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles as well as the stabilizing muscles of the spine & pelvis. Initially, this is done through a series of exercises that teach you how to correctly activate the core muscles which will then progress onto more dynamic, functional exercises. This combination of exercises will lead to overall improvements in Core Strength, Balance and Coordination.
4. Pilates Will Increase Your Flexibility and Mobility
Pilates recognizes that improvements in flexibility do not just come from stretching. Identifying poor posture and imbalances in the body is key to the Pilates method. Pilates focuses on stretching out those muscles that are tight and strengthening those muscles that are weak. This will help to realign the body, improve muscle imbalances and as a result, improve overall flexibility and mobility.
5. Pilates can Relieve Back Pain (if you have any)
There is strong evidence linking low back pain with weak abdominals and glutes, poor posture and imbalances through the hips. Pilates focuses largely on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles and glutes as well as mobilizing and strengthening the hips to realign the pelvis. It is common for people suffering from low back pain to find a great deal of relief from their aches and pains after starting a regular Pilates regime.
6. Pilates Can Prevent Injuries & Improve Joint Stability
Pilates exercises are great for anyone with joint injuries as all Pilates exercises are performed in a slow and controlled manner which reduces the impact on your joints. Several Pilates exercises target the muscles surrounding a joint to increase strength and movement and thereby reduce pain and further injury.
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