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What is Pilates

June 14th, 2021 | 1 min. read

What is Pilates

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By Cezanne Youmazzo - Fitness Director

Mind-body, Core Strength, & Core Stability.

 

You’ve heard those terms before but what are they? Well, they are much more than the latest fitness buzzwords – they are keys to a healthier lifestyle through mindful movement and Pilates.

Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise using a floor mat or a variety of equipment including the Pilates Reformer. Pilates evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. It is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel your very best. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and It can even help alleviate back pain.

What is mind-body exercise?

Mind-body exercise like Pilates is activity that keys on the mental focus of the physical movements being performed. With this type of exercise quality of movement is stressed over quantity of movement. You’ll often see instructors using a lot of verbal “cues” and coaching on things like the quality of breathing, rhythmic inhalation and exhalation during the exercise, and proper body alignment.

Simply put mind-body exercise contributes to overall fitness and assists with engagement of the mind. The Breathing in Pilates helps to alleviate stress which helps reduce anxiety.

Tennis, Pickleball & Pilates

Developing an athlete’s core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine – makes athletes more agile, helps prevent injury and increases sports performance. From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that Pilates helps you. Tennis and pickleball players find the flexibility they need to stay injury free on the courts. 

Try it!

New to Pilates and wondering how to get started? Come try our Sunday 11:00 am Intro to Pilates class with Sarah. Learn the terminology and the basics. Our All-Levels class is appropriate for most people, our Level 2/3 is more advanced and should only be tried after participating in All Levels classes for at least 6 months.