The perfect workout for your body and mind. Pilates is a total body workout that focuses on toning and strength training.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the body. It puts an emphasis on the body’s core. This includes all the muscles in the body’s midsection. Including the front, back and sides. Similar to yoga in some ways, it is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.
Through a series of postures, stretches and positions the exercise can help improve a person’s balance and flexibility. It also engages the whole body. Through slow and controlled movements designed to put minimal impact on the joints. Hence you will work your back, chest, arms, legs, neck, hips and feet.
What are the benefits of pilates?
In addition to tone and strength, pilates has been proven to improve practitioners flexibility, mobility and posture. In other studies, it was shown to ease back pain, improve bone density and boost heart rate. These factors all contribute to an overall reduced risk of injury in daily life or if you play a sport.
Furthermore, pilates has been linked to relieving symptoms of some conditions and illnesses. For example, chronic neck and back pain, hip and knee pains, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Breathing exercises performed in class can help aid relaxation, improve sleep and reduce stress.
This challenging class is suitable for people of all fitness levels and can be particularly useful to practice in conjunction with playing sport or performing other exercises. Athletes benefit from the core strength and stability the exercise delivers. Older people benefit from the improved mobility, posture and bone density it can help improve.
Types of pilates
Firstly, there is Mat Pilates. This form of pilates is practiced on the floor, involving little or no equipment. Mat pilates includes a specific set of gentle routine movements. In contrast, reformer pilates involves using equipment called a reformer. These classes offer a more challenging workout as the adjustable bars and cables allow the body to move through a wider range of motion.