There’s no secret here: Pilates is good for EVERY body. And I do mean everybody and here are 5 reasons to try Pilates today! If you’re still wondering what Pilates is, that’s OK – you’re not alone. It’s still a somewhat misunderstood corner of the exercise world, even though it’s one of the fastest-growing areas in personal health and wellness.
What is Pilates (pronounced pul-LAH-teez)?
It’s a form of body conditioning developed in the 1920s by the legendary German physical trainer Joseph Pilates. As a submaximal form of training (meaning 10 maximum repetitions), Joe’s system was designed to improve the body’s flexibility, strength and endurance. As a result of this activity, the mind is also conditioned and focused through “the art of controlled movement”.
The foundation of Joseph Pilates’ work is his mat or floor work, where the weight of the arms and the legs challenges the torso through a set of progressively complex movements. As Joe continued to develop his system, he designed unique spring resistance equipment, barrels, and “magic circles,” which have hence been integrated into the modern studio environment.
By developing the body uniformly, as well as honing mental focus, Pilates has gained significant fame and notoriety. The application of Pilates for elite athletes – as well as in physical therapy – has established its validity and versatility across the world, where it continues to grow.
Whether you’re a serious or casual athlete – or just wanting to move better – here are 5 reasons why YOU should try Pilates:
5 reasons why YOU should try Pilates
- It’s good for your body: Pilates develops strength, flexibility, and control. Whether your training for a triathlon or wanting to pick your grandkids up off the floor, pilates provides a solid foundation for your movement.
- It’s low-impact: unlike running or other high-impact exercises, Pilates reduces the stress on your joints and muscles – providing a more beneficial fitness method that is healthier and delivers a faster recovery time.
- It can reduce tension: whether it’s your back, your joints, or your mind, Pilates promotes healthy movement and mental clarity.
- It can improve flexibility and balance: having trouble leaning over? Touching your toes? Reaching up in your closet? Pilates can increase your range of motion, helping you decrease the potential for injury and improving your overall balance.
- It can improve your athletic and mental performance: whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, Pilates can improve your speed, agility and mental focus – because it’s all connected. Only Pilates brings it all together in one holistic practice.
No matter what your fitness level, Pilates can help you reach the next level of your personal health and wellness goals. Don’t wait another day to try it – and if you’re ready, contact us for a $45 introductory session at MatWorkz!