Women of all ages and levels can do Pilates, it does not matter if you are 30 or 50 years old, just had a baby or out of shape… anyone can do Pilates! Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, as well as enhance mental awareness. It’s more than just a workout, it can help sculpt your body while giving you energy and inner serenity.
Here are reasons why every woman should try Pilates:
Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs
With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs. Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all.
Promotes Weight Loss and Long, Lean Appearance
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner look. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit. Combined with aerobic activity, Pilates becomes a prime weight loss and body toning tool.
Develops Core Strength
Pilates works your core (or “powerhouse”), unlike any other workout. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs, not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.
Pilates works toward a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints. The more frequently you practice pilates, the better your flexibility can be. Consistent stretching over time can help improve range of motion, which can help your body feel looser and even improve your performance in other workouts.
Every part of the body, from head to toe, gets a workout from pilates, and all are equally trained. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. Attention to core support and full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind, provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere.
Good posture is a reflection of good alignment supported by a strong core. Starting with Pilates movement fundamentals and moving through mat and equipment exercises, Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. No matter what your daily activity, whether you’re cooking, brushing your teeth, carrying groceries, pilates makes you more aware of your ability to pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down for good posture and spinal alignment. There is an attention and focus required in doing the exercises smoothly, a focus that changes your movement awareness even beyond the class session.
With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you do Pilates!? Try Pilates today, check out our class schedule to sign up!