Why should you do Pilates?

People are increasingly interested in fitness modalities that help relieve stress and are kinder and gentler to the body, as well as the prevention of injuries with exercise programs that can be continued even as they age.  People want to stay fit and functional, and continue to look good for a long as possible.  Pilates is an excellent choice for individuals of all ages and fitness levels who have a variety of fitness goals.  Pilates is complementary to many traditional fitness routines and the mind-body connection can be useful in preventing stress related illness like heart disease.

 

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • builds core strength and stability
  • improves posture and alignment
  • increases flexibility, balance and strength
  • increases muscular endurance and tone
  • prevents injury and heightens body awareness
  • enhances athletic performance
  • relieves stress and back pain

 

Can anyone do Pilates?

No form of exercise is appropriate for absolutely everyone, but Pilates is appropriate for most people.  As with any training program, always consult with a medical professional before beginning.  A modified program created by a well – trained instructor may be recommended if you have any physical limitations.  Everyone from serious fitness enthusiasts to rehab patients, elite athletes, and older clients will see a difference. 

 

How does Pilates differ from traditional weight training?

  • Pilates is three – dimensional; meaning exercises are performed in all movement planes
  • Spring resistance on specifically-designed equipment more closely resembles muscular contraction
  • Emphasis is on concentric and eccentric contraction for injury prevention
  • Pilates is customizable for special needs
  • Emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints, correcting over-training and muscle imbalances that lead to injury
  • Pilates emphasizes improving strength and flexibility for more efficient movement patterns.

 

Should Pilates replace my regular workout?

  • Pilates exercise is a musculo-skeletal conditioning program that focuses on strength and stability.
  • Pilates is ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, running, aerobics or aqua fitness, and is a great compliment to a weight training program or athletic training.
  • Pilates can and should be done as part of a complete fitness routine.