5 Benefits of Pilates

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Ever looked in a Pilates studio and scratched your head, wondering what all those strange-looking contraptions do?

Many people who engage in Pilates as a form of fitness spend time working out on those machines and also practice regimes on their mats. They both offer the same benefits.

The main thrust of Pilates is the building of core strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone. Choosing whether to do you resistance workout on the machine called a “reformer” or on the mat is really just a matter of preference.

Although, many experts agree that beginners should start with mat Pilates classes, because of its attention on learning how to control your muscles during exercises. The work of Pilates is very specific and if you were to start on a Reformer, there may be muscle confusion, leading to over-taxing or under-working certain muscles.

Most people should give Pilates a try, as part of their overall workout program. Pilates is a full body workout. In taking just one mat pilates class a week for a few months, most students receive the following benefits:

1. Improved strength: Building toned muscles creates strength to work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole. As a result of the sequences using several repetitions, your body is learning to endure exercise for longer periods each time, which improves stamina and strength.

2. Well-toned muscles: Pilates gives the appearance of long lean muscles. Traditional workouts with weights tend to build short, bulky muscles. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.

3. More agility and flexibility: Although, yoga is known for being the optimum way to improve flexibility, for some people–Pilates is more effective. It places attention on movements while stretching. Your muscles are warm as you stretch, allowing you to stretch farther with less pain.

4. Improved posture: Any ache you have from your head down your spine can occur from bad posture. Pilates improves posture, by getting muscles into alignment, so they are not straining to hold your body up, instead it allows muscles to work effectively without creating strain on one muscle group over another.

5. Strong core: This focuses on the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. In Pilates, control of this area is achieved by incorporating the pelvis, trunk and shoulder band.

If you are interested in trying Pilates out, please contact us for our classes or private Pilates instruction. Carina AT profitnessnetwork.com