Pilates is for everybody, regardless of your age, size, race, gender, or ability. With over 600 exercises and variations, Pilates can be modified to suit every level. It’s effective for absolute beginners and professional athletes alike.Pilates is comprised of matwork and exercises on specialized — and often spring-loaded — equipment, such as the Reformer, Tower (or Cadillac), and Stability Chair. It’s a sought-after method recommended by doctors and employed by physical therapists.
It benefits people of all ages and skill levels because it’s a low impact exercise method that aligns the body, creating strength through muscular balance and neuromuscular fine-tuning.
Pilates can be both restorative and powerful. While it’s not a heart-pumping cardio exercise, you can break a sweat while feeling your muscles work in a new way. It’s known for working the smaller, deeper, and often underused stabilizing muscles that support the joints.Pilates’ long list of benefits includes improved posture, core strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as decreased back pain and stress.
A good consistent practice is meant to provide ease and power. It helps you get through your daily activities with less pain and more freedom and vitality.A good teacher will gear the exercises to where you are, making them safe, effective, and appropriately challenging.
It’s important to listen to your body, do as much as you can, and continue to be consistent to progress further.Pilates breathing focuses on breathing three-dimensionally through the rib cage and diaphragm to allow for deeper core engagement. Your core encompasses muscles of the lower back, abdominals, glutes, hips, inner thighs, and the pelvic floor.
When engaging the core muscles during Pilates exercises, aim for a supple activation versus bracing or gripping. Think of your trunk as wrapping and lifting as opposed to “sucking in your belly.”