Pilates is a form of exercise that is challenging enough for the most athletic, yet gentle enough for the mothers-to-be. The Pilates method’s primary focus is on the ‘Powerhouse’ also referred to as the core, which includes the muscles of the abdominals, glutes and the lower back. As the core becomes stronger, these muscles assist in stabilizing the spine and the trunk through movement of the extremities (arms and legs). This workout combines a mind-body connection that engages the core muscle groups to facilitate movement with control, flow and balance. Through proper breathing and a strong mind/body connection, the Pilates method can reverse years of damage caused by improper alignment, poor posture, repetitive movements, and the stress of day-to-day living.
Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates:
Tones and builds muscle without bulk
Increased energy and stamina
Expands body awareness
Develops balance and coordination
Build core strength
Improves total body flexibility
These benefits I will talk more about in the future. In the meantime, look for a Pilates studio near you. Give them a call and try a class for yourself. There are so many ways to workout in the Pilates method using a mat, Reformer, Tower, Chair and other forms of equipment, you will never get bored.
Would love to hear about your Pilates experience. Feel free to comment below.