If you’ve never heard of Pilates you’re in good company. Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison recently raised its profile when he struggled to pronounce ‘Pilates Barre’ during a speech. Pilates is loved by many celebrities from Charlize Theron to Kate Hudson, from Jennifer Aniston to David Beckham. So, what do they know that we don’t? We went straight to the expert and asked Skye from The Pilates Barre. Pilates is designed to lengthen and stretch all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced way. It’s one of the best exercise routines for toning and tightening your muscles. The balanced approach means you won’t develop bulky muscles in some areas and neglect other parts of your body. So, choosing Pilates for health and well-being is a very wise move.
Complete body workout
In fact, Pilates is a complete body workout.
- Body awareness
- Core strengthening
One of the most important benefits is that it strengthens our core. The part that holds us all together and keeps us standing tall. Pilates allows you to listen closely to your body and feel the changes as you target small muscle groups to make positive changes to the way you look and feel.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
The beauty of Pilates is that it’s an exercise program that’s suitable for everyone and is adaptable to all fitness levels. From beginners to advanced and everything in between. Pregnant or post-baby? This exercise is perfect for you. Recovering from an injury? Pilates will help you strengthen your body and feel more like the old you. Pilates is taught to suit each person with individual attention from the instructor to ensure you are concentrating the right muscles in the right way.
What difference will I see?
With Pilates, your muscles are worked to exhaustion through the use of your breath to move through a slow sustained series of exercises using abdominal control. Imagine creating those long, lean muscles that dancers display. This core strength is great for your posture too which means you’ll look better in your clothes – bonus! Plus, with exercise comes increased energy levels. Great news for those of us getting out of our iso-rut and starting our post-COVID exercise program. Just imagine that post-workout glow and how good your body and mind will feel.
What do I have to do?
Sound good so far? Let’s talk about what’s actually involved in a typical class. In a typical mat Pilates class, you receive a lot of cues to coordinate your breathing with your movement. The movements are slow so you can engage your abs in every move you do. As you work through the range of motion you are reshaping your body and improving your posture. Before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the session and are relaxing on the mat and drifting into your own thoughts while you take a moment to relax. When the class is over and you feel longer, stronger, and leaner you know it was worth it and can’t wait for the next class.
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates
Mum’s doing Pilates
If you’ve been looking for a new low-impact form of exercise, then look no further than Pilates. As a mum, it’s really important to stay fit and healthy, so that we can chase the kids around the house or keep up with them on their bikes and skateboards. Pilates is the perfect exercise program for mums-to-be to nurture your body throughout your pregnancy while gaining expert instruction. You can even continue post-pregnancy to help build your strength back. At every age and in every stage of our lives exercising will help both mentally and physically.