Enjoy my recent column “PILATES STRONG” in the current Beacon Free Press newspaper Healthy Lifestyle section! November 28. Page 3.
In many way Pilates is Calisthenics along with active stretching. Ab exercises similar to sit ups, upper body exercises like planks and push ups and stretching, even lunges are the types of exercises and movements you’ll find in a Pilates workout. A combination of your body weight and springs provide resistance training that makes your body strong, flexible and stable. It improves balance and coordination. Gives you great stamina and even an increased ability to focus! If done correctly, it rids the body of imbalances and eases chronic pain.
Pilates is emerging as a mainstream form of exercise for women and men. Daily Pilates is recommended by Doctors, Physical Therapists, Professional Athletes and Actors. Pilates has become a foundational workout clients worldwide rely on look great and stay fit!
Pilates can be perfectly suited for your needs and goals. Qualified Pilates Teachers who have gone through accredited training programs, usually 600 hours, will be able to adapt your workout to meet your goals and needs at any level. It’s true, everyone can do Pilates.
If you’re still hesitant to take the leap, most Pilates studios offer introductory packages and specials. In 5-10 one-on-one lessons you will be get to know how to use the apparatus, the names of the exercises and the sequences in a stress free environment. Group lessons are generally taught at most Pilates studios. Mat, Tower and Reformer classes are wonderful additions to your workout.
So if your long runs hurt your knees and feet, if your back hurts and you don’t know what to do, maybe you suffer from Lyme disease, an ACL surgery, preparing for a Triathlon or just ready to feel an overwhelming improvement in your body, it’s time to give Pilates a try!