Have you ever been to a Pilates studio? Most of us have at least heard of Pilates but you may not understand the methodology behind the movement. We spoke to qualified instructor Shanlyn Giam from Shan’s Private Pilates Studio to learn about why Pilates is an exercise we should all be doing.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is one of those workouts that everyone knows about, but few people actually know what it is or what it involves. Pilates is defined as a system of exercises using special apparatuses designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhances mental awareness.
There are different types and styles of Pilates- Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wundu Chair and each one carries their own specific benefits. Each type of class, however, emphasises a low-impact form of exercise that promotes posture, flexibility, mobility, muscular strength and proper pattern movements.
Everyone will have different results depending on their individual bodies and what their goals are, but you can work with your instructor to achieve your goals in the most efficient way possible.
How can Pilates benefit you?
1. Muscular Strength –
Pilates is not just for women! I have taught just as many men as women, because it is a fantastic way to access and isolate muscles that wouldn’t normally be worked in a gym setting.
2. Body Awareness and Balance –
A lot of Pilates exercises require a high level of concentration to complete complex movements. It allows the person doing the exercises to create a “mind body connection” that builds a link between the mind and movement.
3. Flexibility and Mobility-
You don’t have to already be flexible to reap the benefits of a class. Pilates uses static holds and dynamic stretching to take joints through their full range of movement. There is a heavy focus on working muscle groups evenly to avoid any muscular imbalances.
4. Core Strength-
This is the most common reason why I’ve seen people show up to their local Pilates Studio. Pilates is about creating an even stronger core that can support daily movements and reduce generic aches and pains like chronic lower back pain, which I am seeing more and more nowadays. Most people find relief after only a few visits.
5. Injury Prevention-
Pilates works on creating proper and effective movement patterns that allow you to complete tasks safely and efficiently. It addresses any muscular imbalances with either mobility or strength training, which can help prevent injuries before they happen.
Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise that is meant for anybody, any gender, any age and any capability, and is one of the best workouts for blending mindfulness and movement.
Perservere beyond your first class (it takes a second to learn the ropes), and I promise you’ll feel the benefits in both your body and mind.
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