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What is Pilates? An innovative system of mind-body exercise
evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates.
Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels
and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a
sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.
It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful
movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of
motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.
Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for
decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury
prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to
maintain beautiful physiques.
A miracle? Not really. Developed from the rehabilitation
techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise
system using a floor mat or equipment, that will help you look and
feel your very best. No matter what your age or condition, it will
work for you.
The Benefits of Pilates
A refreshing mind-body workout
your mind in tune with your body. By emphasizing proper breathing,
correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete concentration on
smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body
feels, where it is in space, and how to control its movement. The
quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper
breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with
maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to
breathe properly can reduce stress.
Build strength without “bulking up” – gain long, lean
muscles and flexibility
Conventional workouts tend to
build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates
elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint
mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less
likely to be injured.
Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong
Building on the principles of Joseph Pilates,
Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body.
The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the
muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by
integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Create an evenly conditioned body and prevent sports
In conventional workouts, 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
musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy
daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of
Learn efficient patterns of motion
exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous
movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually
re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of
motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good
posture and optimal health.
Be confident and safe
No other exercise
system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging
workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or
sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight
bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy
facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
And be challenged
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.