If you haven’t tried pilates yet, you’ll find no better cheerleader than me to tell you all about the benefits.
My first introduction to pilates was when I started at the gym doing Body Balance workouts. Although not a pure pilates class, Body Balance incorporates a lot of mat based pilates exercises which I really liked.
Later when I was living in LA my Californian sister, who also happens to be a pilates instructor, took me through a few private sessions on the reformer and I fell in love.
Pilates kicks your butt.
I know a lot of people tend to look at pilates and think it’s a really ‘easy’ form of exercise because it isn’t cardio intense or doesn’t utilise heavy weights. But working with your own body weight and the resistance of the springs on the reformer bed is more than enough to build your strength and long and lean muscles. I’ve seen many a buff dude or chick come into my classes for the first time and be surprised at how difficult pilates is.
Pilates helps strengthen your weaknesses.
Since becoming a pilates instructor, I’ve become so much more aware of my own posture, alignment and the muscle weaknesses which affect them. I’ve been working with an anterior tilted pelvis which means that my booty pushes out behind me causing tightness in the lower back, weak glutes and hamstrings, and tight hip flexors. I’ve since corrected my tilt by working on strengthening the posterior chain – so lots of work on my booty and back of the legs – plus working to stretch the front of the hips. This has pulled my pelvis back into neutral alignment, however I still continue to work on these areas in my training outside of the pilates studio to continue to strengthen my weaknesses.
It creates a long and lean body.
You’re going to work all of your muscle groups when you go to a pilates class which is perfect for building overall muscle strength and definition without creating bulk. The combination of exercises helps to maintain balance during a session, and since you are working with your own body weight and resistance of the reformer springs, you’ll be working to increase your muscle stability, endurance and flexibility.
I could probably go on for a while, but these are the top reasons why pilates is so fab your body. I do also think combining pilates with some weight sessions is a great idea – it is definitely a staple that you should incorporate into your weekly workout routine!
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