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


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Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog post.

I know you’re here to learn more about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! I can help you to reach your goals.10302045_10153052327218648_3491970537823673509_n

I’ve been involved in fitness, since I came here when I was twenty, as a nanny from Sweden. I discovered aerobics and fell in love! We did not have anything like this back home, so when I moved back to Sweden I opened up an aerobics studio.

To me fitness is a part of having a whole life!

I ended up moving back to the United States in January of 1991, with my husband, who owned a fitness studio. A few months after I arrived, my life changed in an instant! I was hit by a car while walking across the street; I suffered a broken neck among other injuries. I was fortunate in that I did recover, but it took two long years of physical therapy, working out and massage to feel like my old self.

Did I just say massage and working out helped in recovering from my accident? YES!!!

It took about a few months for my fractures to heal, but I still suffered from a constant headache and tension after the accident. Massages saved my life! I worked out and had regular massages, which relieved and released the pain I was in. My accident taught me a lot about the human body and how to heal from injuries, which is why I work with so many people who have been through traumatic physical experiences! I can help them!

Once I was physically able, I started working with my ex-husband. We opened up another studio in Pasadena in 1993 and I am still in the same location 23 years later! I am so fortunate, as to have had clients who have been with me that long, and new ones joining me on a regular basis.

I have kept this business going, because it is my passion, even after the birth of my twin daughters in 1997. I love what I do and fitness is not just my job, but my lifestyle. You can see me out hiking and running the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, several times a week, or riding my bike, walking or doing yoga.

My philosophy is that you must keep surprising the muscles and stay consistently working out. It’s definitely not about overdoing it in one session, but to work out consistently 3-4 times a week. Most of my clients come in to see me for semi-private training twice a week and do some other form of exercise to supplement.

Have you tried semi-personal training?

It’s an opportunity to receive your own training program, while in the company and support of a few other people. It’s a great way to be fit, get more competitive with yourself and make new friends too. It is a great way to train, rather than having one on one sessions with a trainer, and for a fraction of the price.

I also have six massage therapists, and a Pilates studio, because I know what a difference it makes in overall health and well being.

My keys that I offer to well being and total fitness are to have a sustainable program for the long run meaning:

  • No one is going to the ER for overdoing it!
  • This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix!
  • It takes a commitment—something to stick with and see results!
  • To lose weight, maintain fitness it takes a combination of eating right, cardio and resistance training—there’s no shortcut!

Injury free is the way to go! Stay consistent and steady, it wins the race!

Please call me, so I can learn more about your goals and if you have injuries or any other obstacles to fitness. I will then have you come in for an in-person consultation. 626.799.7243.

In fitness and health,

Carina


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Mat Pilates Sunday February 2, 8:30 am

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Mat Pilates Class this Sunday!!

Burn some calories before the Super Bowl!

 Sunday 2nd, 8.30 am.

Class is 1 hr 20 min, $15 (bring cash)

Also, bring your mat if you have one.

Let us know if you can make it.

Julie, Pro Fitness Network

 


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One afternoon fifty-five years ago, Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon was introduced to a man who had created an unusual form of exercise that was all the rage in New York. She began taking lessons at a studio on 8th Avenue at 56th Street from a man named Joseph Pilates. At 100, Mrs. Mellon is one of Joseph Pilates’ few surviving students.

The reclusive billionaire heiress, widow of investor and philanthropist Paul Mellon, still does Pilates every day at her 4,000-acre estate, Oak Spring Farms in Upperville VA. One of the world’s wealthiest women — and most private — the sprightly centenarian actively oversees her vast gardens, art collections and thoroughbreds.  In an interview with Vanity Fair on the eve of her 100th birthday, she credited her remarkable longevity to her daily sessions of Pilates that she learned from her first instructor, “Joseph.”


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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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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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