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What's Pilates All About?


January 15, 2015 by Bob Hannum

A Quick and Concise Explanation of What Pilates Is - And Isn't!


So Many Benefits From One Exercise Method!

So what’s all the buzz about Pilates (puh-LAH-teez)? What is it? And what can it do for you? Quite simply it’s a unique exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates, the Einstein of fitness, nearly 100 years ago. Now it’s one of the most popular workouts worldwide. It’s so effective that elite athletes use it and physical therapists prescribe it. The benefits are numerous both physically and mentally. In fact, there is no other exercise method that delivers more benefits. Here's a quick look at them.

Physiological Benefits

  • Strengthens core muscles better than any other exercise method
  • Creates tremendous strength without bulky muscle tissue
  • Combines the 3 exercises that the body requires – strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular conditioning
  • A quick and whole-body workout
  • Integrates body and mind
  • Eliminates most back, neck, and joint pain so effectively that 'core strength', a term coined by Joseph Pilates, is a key principle in physical therapy
  • Unlike many exercise methods, Pilates does not harm our joints
  • Improves posture, balance, circulation, strength, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases energy
  • You feel invigorated after a workout rather than exhausted
  • Safe for any age or fitness level
  • Exercise anywhere and anytime without equipment or a gym
  • Everyday movement becomes easier, more coordinated, and graceful
  • And now it is easier and faster to learn with my new teaching technique
What Is Pilates

Mental Benefits

Though exercise of any kind has been found to be beneficial for your mental health and cognitive function, Pilates adds additional benefits such as increased concentration and body awareness. This is a real difference maker! No other exercise method aside from eastern martial arts trains the mind as well as the body. Plus, when you workout with heightened awareness you’re less likely to injure yourself. Here's a quick look at all the mental benefits:  

  • Improves sleep
  • Improves brain function
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Reduces stress
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Heightened physical and mental awareness
  • Mental and emotional strength

Cosmetic Benefits

Pilates movements condition the body as a whole, and tone muscles. And as with any exercise, Pilates makes weight management more likely to succeed with a reduction in fat buildup in the belly, thighs, and hips. When the body becomes more healthy, it looks more beautiful.
Not only that, Pilates is famous for correcting posture and consequently making people look and feel taller. "Since I've done Pilates, I'm much better looking and 4 feet taller," says Rich Beem, winner of the 2002 PGA Championship. "Seriously, I'm now so stretched out and haveWhat Is Pilates All About such great posture that I look and feel like a different person."

Special Benefits for Older Adults

Core muscles are the source of our balance and coordination. Pilates focuses on these core muscles like no other exercise method which is why elite athletes and dancers include it in their conditioning programs. Improved coordination and balance is particularly important for the older body where falls present a higher risk of serious injury.

Other benefits important for the older adult include reduced joint pain and stiffness, and improved flexibility and range-of-motion. Flexibility improves circulation and makes everyday movement easier such as walking, sitting and climbing stairs.

So start your Pilates journey right now with my free beginners video lessons. It’s safe for any age and fitness level. Just sign up in the box at the right and I’ll deliver your first lesson in moments. Exercise in the comfort and convenience of your own home whenever you wish with me as your personal trainer!

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