Benefits

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the “powerhouse”).

The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialized equipment.

What are the benefits of Pilates?Mr M and the chair

  • Improves strength, flexibility and balance
  • Tone and building, lean muscles without bulk
  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
  • Reduce stress, release tension, boost energy through deep stretching
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Promote recovery from strain or injury
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Improve circulation
  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination
  • Relieve from back pain and joint stress
  • Correct overtraining of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
  • Compliment sports training and develops functional fitness for daily life activity
  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

 

Why are personal training sessions with a Pilates Instructor so expensive? Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn over 500 exercises for both the mat and Pilates equipment. They learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spend considerable time observing and master proper form and sequences and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a rigorous written and practical exam. They learn more than just a series of moves, the learn how to assess their student’ posture, how to adapt exercise for various body conditions and how to customize the optimum Pilates program for each individual.

Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?

In essence, Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not its main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, bicycling, aerobics or swimming. Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. You will tone your muscles, which will change the way your clothes will fit, even if the numbers on the scale don’t move.

What is the difference between Mat Pilates and Pilates Equipment?

Pilates equipment has springs that give you resistance while you are doing the various exercises. On the mat, you use your body as resistance. One is not better than another; both mat and equipment Pilates are important part of achieving that long and lean complete body workout.

Recommendations on how to begin a Pilates Program.

It is important to begin your new program with the understanding that each person has his or her own specific needs. In order to properly assess your needs it is important to begin your program with a series of private or semi-privates sessions.

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