There are many reasons to do Pilates. For example, improved sleep and improved sex which is not even on this list, but could be. Read through this article and decide whether Pilates right for you? If you already do Pilates, see if your favourite reason is here.
1 Is Pilates a Whole-Body fitness?
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. Pilates training focuses on core strength and trains the body as an integrated whole.
Pilates workouts promote strength; balanced muscle development; and flexibility; as well as increased rage of motion for your joints.
Attention to the core support and full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind, provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find anywhere else. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehabilitation areas, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.
2 Is Pilates adaptable to many fitness levels and needs?
Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all.
With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs. There are modifications and variations for every exercise as well as considerations for men.
3 Does Pilates create strength without bulk?
Long, lean muscles are the name of the game in this instance. In Pilates, you are not looking to build muscles for show. You are building toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of the whole body and the functional fitness needs that a person requires as they move through life.
One of the ways in which Pilates creates long, strong muscles is by taking advantage of a type of muscle contraction called “eccentric” contraction.
4 Does Pilates increase flexibility?
In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints.2 You won’t find quite as much “pretzel logic” in Pilates as you might find in Yoga. However, a realistic goal is one in which the body can stretch and bend to meet the flow of life.
5 How does Pilates develop Core strength?
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs.
A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abdominals that we all desire. Book your Initial Assessment session with Pilates Dynamics to learn more about the Pilates powerhouse and how to engage your abdominals to get the most out of your Pilates exercises.
6 Can Pilates improve Posture?
Yes. Good posture is a reflection of good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Starting with Pilates fundamental movements and moving through Mat (with small equipment) and Large Equipment (machines like the Reformer; Cadillac; Wunda Chair; Ladder Barrel; and Arc Barrel) exercises, Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. You can see this in the beautiful posture of those who practice Pilates. It’s a reason why people do Pilates to prevent back pain.
7 Will Pilates increase Energy?
Fact is: the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.
8 Can Pilates promote Weight Loss and a Long, Lean Appearance?
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner look, Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of this makes you look and feel very fit.
If you want to lose weight, the formula for weight loss remains the same: Burn more calories than you consume. As a full-body fitness method, Pilates help will help you do that. Combined with aerobic activity, Pilates becomes a prime weight loss and body toning tool. At Pilates Dynamics we monitor your weight and centimetre loss, as part of your private/individual (one-on-one) training. We also do a complete body fat testing and analysis service.
Would Pilates increase Body Awareness and is this method a Body/Mind Connection form of exercise?
Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, or Contrology as he referred to it, was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” This is one of the secrets of Pilates exercise: we practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring about the most benefit possible from each exercise.
The Pilates Principles
Awareness; Balance; Control; Efficiency; Precision; Breath; Concentration; Centre; Flow; and Harmony
are the key concepts that are used to integrate body and mind and forms a road map through this learning process.
Are there many ways to Learn Pilates?
Pilates instruction is very easy to come by these days. The ever-growing popularity of Pilates has put it on the map all over the world. This is good because when you start Pilates training, it is important to start with Pilates instruction at a private studio and preferably from a certified instructor. But there are lots of ways to supplement your learning once you get going. You can practice at home and you do not need any equipment, just comfortable clothes, and a Mat.
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