It's technically considered a total body workout.
The goal of Pilates is to balance your muscles by targeting and strengthening the ones you don't usually use in your day-to-day life but would benefit from them being stronger. An imbalanced body can lead to muscular weaknesses, which may potentially cause compensations in the body that inhibit a joint from moving through its full range of motion. We as humans tend to live along a single plane of movement, working the same muscles every day. These repetitive movements can lead to injury and weakness.
In the Pilates Method we teach that by working all the muscles of the body together, in the way that they should be functionally engaging, creates healthy alignment and really healthy human movement.
Many people have weak core and back muscles, and strengthening these postural muscles helps balance out the tension that results from this weakness. An imbalanced body can lead to muscular weaknesses, which may potentially cause compensations in the body that inhibit a joint from moving through its full range of motion.
Pilates builds muscle. This is important since building muscle increases your body's basal metabolic rate — which is how many calories your body burns while at rest. Pilates is a type of strength training exercise that encourages you to identify and work within the limits of your body. There's also an inherent mindfulness to it and breath work, which can help relieve tension and stress.
Pilates is a wonderful example of functional exercise. Pilates has the unique ability to train several different muscle groups at once making it a one of a kind workout that can be catered to everyone regardless of age, skill level and fitness level. The many different pieces of equipment and props makes it accessible to everyone's fitness levels or injuries and the resistance is very flexible so you can increase strength slowly based on individual needs.
"Physical fitness is the first pre-requsite of happiness."
Pilates for Health
*Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected, and practicing Pilates has been proven to improve overall well-being as well as general fitness.
*Breathing performed in Pilates has been shown to cause a reduction in stress and blood pressure
*Research has shown that Pilates improves heart health through improved respiration, decreasing physical and emotional stress, and through improved metabolic function. A healthy heart and a healthy body are important - even more so as we age and want to maintain independence, strength, and optimum health and vitality.
*Pilates reintroduces the mind to the body. Coordination is key to the way the exercises flow and it concentrates on working the body as a whole instead of individual parts.
Pilates for Fitness
Get ready to improve your balance, aerobic capacty, strength and flexibility, while learning fun and functional exercises.
Many conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This leads weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire body is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. This is why so many professional sports teams and athletes use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.
Pilates for Daily Living
Functional fitness is a classification of training that prepares the body for real-life movements and activities. ... Movements such as squatting, reaching, pulling, and lifting will be made easier with functional fitness integrated into your Pilates sessions.
No matter who we are or what shape we are in, we feel Pilates enhances the everyday activities of our lives – whether it’s just bending over to pick up the newspaper or running a 26-mile marathon.
Pilates for Every Body
It's a practice that is sustainable and can be done consistently for the rest of your life, the low impact nature of Pilates makes it a safe option for everyone.
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
"The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body,
not at it's Mercy."