With terms like Elephant, The 100, and Corkscrew, Pilates can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Peek into a Pilates class and it may look like a bunch of human pretzels breathing rapidly. But Pilates is one of the few exercises that can whittle your waistline, strengthen your entire body, is easy on your joints, and has almost zero chance of injury.
So, what is Pilates?
Pilates, named after its creator, Joseph Pilates is a series of movements that will stabilize and strengthen your core muscles. Joseph Pilates was a gymnast and created the exercise for injured dancers. Many of the moves were inspired by yoga or are patterned after zoo animal movements. (Hello Big Cat.) Pilates is typically done on a mat with moves that look fairly simple, but take control and technique to execute properly.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a safe and challenging workout and can be easily adapted to each individual. So whether you’re looking for gentle strength training or a strenuous workout, pilates can make it happen.
Along with giving you a killer core, the benefits include:
- Improving your balance and stability
- Increased flexibility
- Little chance of injury
- Increased range of motion in your joints (hips, knees and shoulders)
- Better posture
- Decreased pain and stiffness
- Improved performance in your other activities—in and outside of the gym.
Lose weight with Pilates
While many of the movements in Pilates focus on your core, or your “powerhouse”, your entire body will get a workout. When done regularly, you’ll strengthen your legs, glutes, shoulders, and back, toning you all over. You’ll also increase your metabolism by building lean muscle, resulting in a stronger, slimmer you.
More than Core
All of your muscles are connected through your core, When you start toning your core, you’ll automatically get a stronger back, be able to run faster, and have improved movements in other workouts. A stronger core means increased comfort and movement in all areas of life.
Kiss weight and stress buh bye
As you step into Pilates class, you’ll also start to melt your stress away. Pilates forces you to focus on your breath, your body, and how they move together. All that concentration means for one hour you don’t have to think about your boyfriend, your budget, or anything else. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
Try one of our complimentary Pilates classes today and experience all the benefits it has to offer.