Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on using both the mind and body to achieve optimum performance. The deep stabilizing muscles of the body are conditioned and strengthened using sequences of movements that use gravity, body weight and specially designed equipment as forms of resistance. The connection between the mind and body is crucial to Pilates. Pilates trains the mind to maintain a constant level of awareness of the way the body moves.
This results in a greater control of motion and vastly improved technique.
Benefits of Pilates
Total Body Workout
Pilates works the body in a functional way, using muscles in synergy with each other. This is the way that the body is designed to be used and the movement sequences performed can prepare you for the physical challenges of everyday life.
Core Stability & Postural Alignment
Poor posture accounts for a variety of aches and pains that hamper a large percentage of the population. According to the BBC Health web site, ‘4 in 5 adults experience back pain at some point’ (BBC Health). If your parents didn’t teach you to sit up straight, then Pilates is definitely for you. Pilates teaches you to consciously maintain optimum anatomical alignment in all positions and during movement. By coordinating the body as a whole, we are stronger, thus reducing the chances of injury caused by overuse of one area.
Muscle Tone and Strength
Pilates is a fantastic way to sculpt your muscles. In order to get optimum results you should participate in 3 or more sessions per week. Pilates workouts are designed to improve balance and coordination by teaching a greater connection between the mind and body. Many of the older clients that I have trained have forgotten how to use various muscles and their reaction times are slow. This is often very frustrating for them and it comes as a surprise. Pilates is an ideal way to get back in touch with your own body so that you can use it to its full potential.
Pilates for sports & Performance
If you are training regularly, there can be a need to compliment your training with a core workout that will challenge you in a different way. Pilates for sport in performance is a way of elongating muscles, recruiting your core muscles to aid performance, help to minimize injuries with an efficient technique and challenge your body to work the way it was designed to not the way it has been accustomed too . These sessions are suitable for males and females and will have you thinking about your posture/alignment and body in your workouts.
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