What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is a great workout for the body and mind. The exercises have a strong emphasis on the core – those ‘powerhouse’ internal stomach muscles and obliques. Focusing on strengthening and elongating the muscles, rather than bulking for a leaner and more defined form. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and can be a great exercise method to support and manage injuries.
Pilates has a strong focus of total attention in both the body movement and attention to the techniques – allowing the body and mind to unite and allowing you to get the most benefit possible from each exercise. The key concepts used to integrate body and mind stem from the six Pilates principles – centring, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow.
Why focus on the core?
The core muscles refer to the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These muscles are fundamental for a strong, supple spine, optimal posture, and functional movement patterns. A strong core means a strong supported body! When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-train some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength (and enviable abs), it is an integrated whole body workout.
How often should I go?
Adding two sessions per week consistently to your existing workout routine will definitely give you results you can see – think leaner shape, overall muscle tone and spine flexibility. Transform Health offers private, small group and corporate classes – get in touch for more information.