Building Strength With Pilates
Whole Body Work-Out
Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole, focusing on core, lower body, and upper body strength as well as flexibility and posture. Pilates workouts promote strength, balanced muscle development, flexibility, and increased range of motion for the joints.
Attention to core support and full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind, provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find anyway else!
Pilates Creates Long, Lean Muscles
In Pilates, you are building toned muscles that work well both with your body as a whole and your functional fitness as you move through life.
One way Pilates creates long, strong muscles is by using eccentric contraction. This type of muscle contraction occurs when the muscle elongates under tension. In Pilates, moves often call for you to resist gravity and move in a controlled way—like when doing a tricep pushup or during the controlled release of tension on a Pilates magic circle.
Pilates Develops Core Strength
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These muscles support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns.
When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. The neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are free to do their jobs (but don’t have to do more).
A tight core can also help you learn how to pull your abs in to get the most out of many exercises. Pilates involves a variety of abdominal exercises, which help to improve not only the strength of the core muscles but also their endurance.
Pilates Can Promote Weight Loss
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating long, strong muscles, Pilates improves your muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things can make you look and feel very fit.
The formula for weight loss requires burning more calories than you take in. As a full-body fitness method, Pilates can help you do that together with a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and lower stress levels.
Pilates Boosts Metabolism
Having more muscle turns your body into a fat-burning machine. Building muscle mass helps your body burn fat more efficiently at rest. You do not develop muscle through cardio the way you do when you are doing strength training.
In other words, the more muscle mass you develop through using weights the more calories and fat you are blasting up to 38 hours after you’ve worked out. Even when you’re just sitting at your desk chair or watching Netflix!
Pilates Zaps Stress = Stronger In Mind
Many people find weight training quite therapeutic. They channel their stress into the weights, and the powerful movements and exertion really allows them to release something both physically and emotionally. Getting a fantastic endorphin high keeps Pilates go-ers coming back for more.
If you’re looking to build strength in Pilates, we have a whole suite of strength & cardio based classes that help you strengthen, lengthen and tone. It’s time to step it up! For more information, email us firstname.lastname@example.org