Why you should find time for Pilates
Pilates can really make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on strengthening the core, it trains the body as a whole.
Pilates promotes strength and balanced muscle development through breathing techniques and low impact movement.
Take a deep breath
Pilates urges you to focus on:
your body, and
how they move together
By emphasising proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. This means you can’t zone out - you have to focus. Say goodbye to worrying about work, bills or significant others for the length of the class as you turn your attention to breathing and the quality of each movement.
Get that core you deserve
Pilates hits your core unlike any other workout. The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. 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, and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat stomach we all covet.
Long, lean, flexible muscle
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. As core strength develops, the back muscles learn to work in harmony with the abdominal muscles, increasing the potential range of motion of the spine. You won't find quite as much "pretzel logic" in Pilates as you might in Yoga, there’s no Bird of Paradise, Handstand Scorpion or Chakra Bond Pose in a Pilates class, but a body that can stretch and bend to meet the rigours of daily life is a very realistic goal.
It’s for every body and any body
Whether you are a newbie just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to everyone. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all.
With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.
Are you ready for Pilates?
If you think you’re ready for a new challenge, find out when you can join one of our Pilates classes by viewing our timetable here.
We have trained instructors on hand to guide you through the various exercises and movements within a Pilates class and get you started on changing your body for the better.
Use Pilates alongside your current gym routine to aid in weight loss, prevent injury by strengthening the body and help you with your mental health by switching off for a few hours a week.