Give Pilates a go this May

Friday 6th May 2022

Are you a self-confessed Pilates enthusiast, or have you never got round to trying it? Make 2022 the year you give it a go.

The original work of Joseph Pilates has, over the years, evolved into a more contemporary and scientifically sound approach to exercise and training. This evolution has partly occurred as a result of advances in knowledge; particularly in the areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics.  

Today there exists many different schools of Pilates, each interpreting and applying the work of Joseph Pilates slightly differently and usually under their own brand.

In the Pilates method the emphasis is on quality of movement rather than quantity or load - this ensures the right muscles are being used at the right time to get the most efficient movement.

The six key principles of Pilates

Pilates is only Pilates when taught with the six key principles. There may be many methods of teaching Pilates, but the fundamental principles should always be applied.

  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Centring
  • Precision
  • Flow

Benefits of Pilates

The benefits of Pilates are huge - the list goes on and on. Here’s a few of our favourites:

  • Regular practice can see drastic improvements in posture and daily functional movement patterns 
  • Greater strength benefits, which in turn facilitate better stability around joints 
  • Increased flexibility and an improving range of movement around the joints 
  • It reduces lower back pain by strengthening the core and improving mobility of the spine 
  • It can strengthen the pelvic floor and result in a flatter abdominal 
  • Many cite Pilates as a great stress reliever, leaving a feeling of calm and relaxion following a session

Mastering smaller Pilates exercises can really make the difference in allowing us to perform bigger movements with control while remaining injury free. If you’re a sports enthusiast, Pilates is a must - especially if you’re regularly taking part in activities such as tennis, cycling, golf, running, body building or any team sports.

Book onto a Pilates class today and make it a regular part of your training regime - you won’t regret it. If time is an issue, why not book an online class? Your instructors will equip you with the tools to integrate it into your weekly fitness programme.

Below are a couple of Pilates exercises for you to try, from beginner level up to a more intermediate level.

The Hundred

Swimming


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