The Benefits of Pilates

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, winner of eleven Olympic medals, credits Pilates as part of the dryland training that has led to her success in the pool. Pilates has, “without a doubt,” improved her performance in the pool, says Coughlin, who began doing Pilates in 2000. “It’s been huge for my training because it’s all about strength with form and flexibility and engaging your core, things that are absolutely crucial when you’re in the water,” she said.

“It’s taught me more about my body and how it’s supposed to work,” she says. While chronic shoulder tension and the accompanying tension headaches are not uncommon among competitive swimmers, Coughlin said, those residual compaints vanished in her body because Pilates “helps me focus on the muscles that need to be working, and relax the muscles that don’t need to work.”

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I have been struggling with my weight for years and, like so many others, have tried every diet, and purchased and done everything under the sun to lose weight. So for me to be able to write this review about something that actually works for me is MAJOR! I am extremely happy to have discovered Pro Fitness Network in Pasadena.

I’ve been working with Carina, my personal trainer, for only a little over 4 weeks so far, but I can already tell that my body is changing. My clothes are looser, my body firmer, and although tired, I actually feel “good” when I leave my workouts.  Carina is so cheerful and positive, you can’t help but smile everytime you walk in and see her smiling face! She was very thorough in my initial intake, my personal needs and level of physical health. So my training is specifically geared to what I am physically able to do and what I want to achieve. She will make changes to the workout as my fitness level changes. I like personal attention, but don’t like someone “hovering,” so semi-personal training with Carina is perfect for me!

When I first contacted Carina, I also told her that I wanted help with weight loss, but that I definitely did not want to count calories. She very kindly (and patiently) explained to me that I needed to know what I was consuming so that I could be aware of all the contributing factors to my being overweight. She suggested I meet Julia, the nutritionist, see if it was something for me, and if I didn’t like it, I could pass.  Wow! I’m so happy I decided to give it a try! Julia is great!!! She is experienced, knowledgeable and fun to work with.  She’s given me tons of information, and various simple but efficient techniques and ideas that really work! Now, after having been introduced to the BodyBugg and learning to log my calorie intake, I’ve lost 6 pounds in just three weeks! It’s much easier than I thought it would be, and actually kind of fun!  I find I’m actually starting to memorize measurements and calories quickly –  it’s something that becomes automatic!

I also had some problems with lower back pain when I started, so Carina recommended Vanessa to me, an excellent massage therapist!  After my first massage, I didn’t want to get up from the table! My body was SO RELAXED and the pain in my back (and everywhere else in my body) was gone!  She relieved the pain, and even gave me exercises I could do at home myself. I really look forward to regular appointments with her!

What I appreciate most about ProFitness is the attention each one has given me, and the knowledge that I’ve gained in such a short time. Carina, Julia and Vanessa have made it easier for me to understand my body and what I need to do regarding my own health. What’s also great is that they work in conjunction with each other, making whatever adjustments are needed to give you the best service/care possible.

There is so much “out there” about health, nutrition and weight loss, and it can be hard to figure out what is best for you personally.  But Pro Fitness Network has helped to clear the confusion for me.  Now I KNOW I can reach my goals, and actually ENJOY getting there!  Thank you! (I plan to update my progress in a month!)

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DID YOU KNOW…Over 80% of women forgo strength-training?  If you’re one of them, it may be one of the reasons your scale is stuck. You’ve probably heard that strength-training can boost metabolism, but here’s something you may not know: People who pair aerobic and resistance training eat less—  as much as 517 fewer calories a day less, than those who do only cardio. The combination may increase satiety hormones more and boost the body’s ability to break down food and stabilize blood sugar, so you feel full longer, says author Brandon S. Shaw, PhD.

QUICK TIP…Add weight training 3 times a week and you could lose up to 12.5 pounds in a year!

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This spring, CNBC reported that Pilates is the nation’s fastest-growing activity, with 8.6 million participants, up more than 450% since 2000, based on the most recent report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (Rovell 2010).

In reality, participation may have peaked mid-decade (American Sports Data Inc. reported 10.5 million participants in 2004), but clearly Pilates has staying power. The 2010 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends report found that Pilates continues to grow while several other mind-body formats are declining. The American College of Sports Medicine ranked Pilates in its top 10 trends for 2010, along with two close cousins, core training and functional fitness.

Experts believe Pilates is likely to become increasingly popular as a cross-training tool. We see more athletes, performers and weekend warriors looking for Pilates as a cross-training method to complement their other fitness activities. No one method ‘does it all.’ Pilates is a major piece of the fitness puzzle, but it’s not the whole puzzle.

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Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.

But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area.

Sports massage is a type of massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Our sports massage also use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Schedule your sports massage at Pro Fitness Network today!!

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