Pilates is a 70-year-old exercise technique that was developed by German immigrant, Joseph Pilates. It is used primarily by dancers for deep body conditioning and injury rehabilitation. Numerous models and Hollywood actresses swear by Pilates for their beautifully toned and fit bodies.
The abdominal and back muscles of the body are referred to as the body’s core. Pilates exercises are especially designed to strengthen this core with the help of pelvic stability and abdominal control. In addition, Pilates exercises increase flexibility and joint mobility, and build strength.
Pilatesis not just an exercise of the muscles, it has an interesting mind/body connection associated with yoga and meditation. Unlike various other exercise techniques in which numerous repetitions are done in a single direction, Pilates exercises involve very few, extremely precise repetitions in multiple planes of motion.
So, what is the benefit of all this focus and stabilization for you? According to its adherents, Pilates is extremely effective in developing long, strong muscles, a flat stomach and a strong back, and improve posture. These changes, however, depend upon other lifestyle factors that include a well-balanced diet and regular, aerobic exercises. Although some trainers claim that Pilates is all that you need to develop stamina and endurance, we at Metropolis Fitness, strongly recommend an additional cardiovascular component.
For beginners, it is important to know and become familiar with the unique breathing patterns followed in Pilates, most of which do not follow the exhale-on-the-exertion style used in traditional exercises. Trainers at Metropolis Fitness Club, always start with an initial Pilates session that allows them to analyze the weak and strong spots in an individual. Regular Pilates sessions are then designed by our trainers depending on a person’s flexibility and strength limitations.
Pilates is a great exercise to challenge your muscles, improve flexibility coupled with connection with the mind/ body, all in one effective exercise session.We do not just offer Pilates with specialized machines, but also Pilates floor-work classes, which are equally effective in stabilizing and strengthening the back and abdominal muscles.