Why should you do Pilates?

Pilates combines the best of calisthenics, yoga, and ballet. Stretching and lengthening the

major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion is what Pilates is all about.

A bit about where Pilates came from

Joseph Pilates introduced Pilates to the world in the 1920s. He advertised Pilates as a way for

injured athletes and dancers to return safely to exercise as well as a way for them to maintain

their fitness.

Pilates was a huge hit, which resulted in it being adapted to suit people in the general

community. Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic way to exercise. Concentration and

focus are essential elements of Pilates as Pilates requires you to move your body through

precise ranges of motion.

A typical Pilates session will last from anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes. It consists of

exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions. Resistance is obtained from

specialized equipment and our own body weight when it is done on the mat.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates is a fantastic way of approaching exercise as the regimes are re-evaluated regularly to

ensure that they’re right for the person. This makes it appropriate for anyone, regardless of

their current fitness level.

Pro-athletes, those with limited mobility, pregnant women, older adults and people who are

starting their fitness journey can all benefit from Pilates. There are plenty of other benefits to

Pilates. Let’s take a look at them.

1. It’s fitness for the entire body – Many popular forms of exercise over-train certain parts

of the body while neglecting others, which results in disproportionate bodies. On the other

hand, Pilates emphasizes training people’s core strength. Training your core along with your

mind as well as your breathing is what makes Pilates so popular. You won’t find this type of

training anywhere else.

2. Strength instead of bulk – Too many exercise programs focus on bulking up. Pilates does

things differently. Pilates concentrates on long and lean muscles, which many people argue is aesthetically more pleasing. The muscles built through Pilates are much more function than form. The way Pilates does this is by taking advantage of a muscle contraction known as

eccentric contraction.

3. Pilates does wonders for flexibility – Pilates is fantastic for people looking to become

more flexible. People who practice Pilates regularly enjoy a greater range of motion. All

desire a body that can stretch and bend to meet the everyday challenges of life.

4. Pilates improves posture – Posture is an excellent way of telling if a person has a strong

core. As already mentioned, Pilates emphasizes core training. An incredible benefit of

training the core is better posture. Beautiful posture can be observed in people who regularly practice Pilates.