Are you curious about what the benefits of Pilates are and what a consistent Pilates practice will do for your body? Hi, I’m Jess, the Pilates GURU, and I’m going to share with you my six favorite Pilates benefits. Let’s begin first with what is Pilates? Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen core muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. You can do Pilates on a mat or with Pilates equipment.
- Pilates Promotes Weight Loss
Practicing Pilates is effective for developing core strength, building lean muscle, and improving posture. And when combined with the best weight training exercises, this will give you the best results for your body. If you want to lose weight Pilates will help get you moving, and give you the confidence to progress to strength training or other more calorie-burning workouts.
2. Pilates Develops Core Strength
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, pelvic floor, and glutes. In Pilates, we call this your Pilates powerhouse. The increase in deep core muscle strength helps make your abdominal muscles look tight and toned. It also improves your flexibility and posture, which can decrease your chances of injuring yourself.
3. Pilates Is Adaptable To Many Fitness Levels. Unlike other forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. A proper Pilates program promotes strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.
4. Pilates Increases Flexibility.
In Pilates, we always work through a full range of motion within the joint. We work the front, back, and sides of the body evenly. When you practice Pilates consistently, you will enhance your performance in other physical activities, as well as daily life, and also help reduce your risk of injury.
5. Pilates Improves Posture
Extremely poor posture can cause chronic back pain. And, Yes another Pilates benefit is less back pain. By doing Pilates exercises, you will strengthen your core and learn proper spinal alignment. Pilates will help you become more aware of your posture, which will lead to improved daily habits.
6. Pilates Develops Mind-Body Awareness
Mind-body awareness is about creating a relationship between your thoughts and feeling and your physical state. The more aware you are, the more comfortable you are listening to what your body is telling you. Your body tells you through physical symptoms. In Pilates, we use verbal cueing, tactile cues, and these cues are to help you connect deeper within your body. You will benefit more from the exercises if you are using proper form and avoid injuries.
Is Pilates good for weight loss?
If you practice Pilates consistently enough along with a healthy diet and weight training, you will have the leanest, most fit body. No joke, Pilates TRANSFORMED my body. Pilates developed my core, and after that, I felt confident enough to begin weight training. In the past, weight training and gyms were very intimidating to me, I had no idea what I was doing, and I hated lifting weights. These days I love the gym .
How many times do you need to do Pilates to see results?
“In ten sessions, you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates
If Pilates and weight training had a baby, that baby would be called JG Pilates. My Pilates method is a hybrid of all these fantastic methods. I pick the best exercises for your body, and I customize each workout for your body. To maximize results, I recommend healthy eating and lifestyle habits, plus three Pilates workouts a week.
Does Pilates Tone Your Body?
Yes, practicing Pilates consistently will tone your body! Pilates alone may not be as effective for weight loss, because you will burn fewer calories in a traditional Pilates class versus a cardio class.
If your goal is weight loss, try combining Pilates with weight loss and a meal plan.
As you can see, Pilates is perfect for beginners who want to begin a new workout routine. Pilates can help ease you into more intense exercises. Pilates is different from other methods because it instills the fundamentals your body needs. It doesn’t matter whether your a runner, heavy weight lifter, or coming back from an injury Pilates has your back!
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