Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improves coordination and balance.
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 Pilates strengthens the whole body, targeting each muscle group evenly with a mixture of dynamic and static strength training. No body part is neglected. You also work on all planes of movement – sitting, lying, standing. This means that the muscles are worked from many different directions, producing a uniform and very deep strength and tone, even without using heavy weights.
Weight Loss Pilates will contribute to your overall strategy to lose weight by increasing muscle tone. Muscle is metabolically active; the more of it that you have the more calories you will burn. The best way to get the weight off would be to combine regularPilates sessions with 5 x 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week.
Muscle Tone & 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.
Stress Reduction Pilates trains you to stay focused on your movements. Pilates also teaches you to breathe properly which is another recognized stress reduction technique.
Endurance Pilates builds endurance within individual exercises and also within workouts. Focus on improving your concentration to build strength for both – endurance comes first from mental strength and therefore requires determination and persistence.