Young, old. Weak, strong. Tall, short. Man, woman. It doesn’t matter what your body is built like or how much you’ve worked out in the past, Pilates is for everyone. Here are six simple reasons that Pilates is the best workout for you.
Pilates For Core and Lower Back
Pilates helps develop the center of the body, flattening the abdominals while strengthening the back. This not only improves your posture but helps make every movement more efficient. When the frame of the body is supported by a strong core, it allows the neck and shoulders to relax. A strong core promotes good spine health and can help reduce back pain.
While at times Pilates won’t ask as much of you as yoga will, the flexibility and flow you reach is a more realistic goal. It helps you strive for a safe increase in range of motion and stretch of muscles.
Pilates for Strength
Pilates is considered strength training and with the addition of various equipment such as the Reformer Pilates is resistance training. Pilates builds muscles that are long and lean, so you build strength without bulk. The strength you build with Pilates will not only build your functional fitness but will make you look and feel good.
Pilates for Weight Loss
While Pilates alone will not generally burn enough calories to lead to significant weight loss, it can be a very beneficial component to any weight loss plan. It provides several indirect weight loss boosts. Pilates improves your lean muscle mass, which in turn boosts your metabolic rate, which aids your body in burning more calories. Pilates improves your overall physical fitness, energy levels, and sense of well-being, which works with other aspects of your weight loss plan to boost their effectiveness.
While Pilates does improve core strength, it also works out every other muscle in the body. No part of the body is neglected during a Pilates workout. The balance you obtain extends beyond the body and to the spirit, emphasizing proper breathing. This focus on breathing in turn helping to control stress.
Adaptable to Any Fitness Level
The low impact level of fitness means that any body type can handle the work out, Pilates is even good for arthritis. It doesn’t matter if it is your first time working out or if you’re a pro-athlete, the workouts can be modified to suit your needs. There are over a thousand possible exercises and modifications to choose from and instructors are able to understand individual’s specific needs and design each workout accordingly.
The benefits of mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer training are numerous. If you’re looking for a workout that will challenge your whole body with minimal impact and maximum outcome, Pilates is for you. CORE Personal Training & Pilates offers both group & private, on-line and in-studio Pilates training. Contact us today at [email protected] to schedule your Complimentary Consultation and discover how Pilates can benefit your fitness journey.