Pilates is being hailed as “the fastest growing exercise technique worldwide”. Once a well kept secret by celebrities and dancers people worldwide are committing to what is being termed a more “mindful” and “intelligent” exercise approach. The American Council on Exercise recently predicted that “mindful” exercise programmes will further increase in popularity, particularly Pilates, for its ability to develop strength and balance for a large spectrum of health and fitness levels. (APPI).
Pilates is a form of exercise that re-educates your body to move correctly, targeting the deeper stabilising muscles to give an improved posture, a healthy back and a better shape. The exercises are slow and controlled, using correct breathing techniques and body alignment. The quality of movement is more important than the amount of repetitions.
Modern lifestyles are generally more sedentary and involve a lot of sitting. Our muscles are often idle for prolonged periods of time and they may become shortened and weaker. The outcome of this is their inability to support the core structures when heavy physical demands are required.
The primary aim of Pilates is to build an efficient central core of stability muscles that stabilise the trunk and the spine. This is achieved through both mental and physical training. The mind is trained to become more aware of body position whilst the deep postural and stability muscles are activated.
What Are The Benefits Of Pilates?
The benefits can include:
- Less incidence of back pain
- Flatter stomach & trimmer waist
- Better posture
- Greater strength & muscle tone
- Improved flexibility
- Greater joint mobility
- Lowered stress levels
- Fewer injuries
- Tones buttocks & thighs
- Improved performance
- Toned arms & shoulder area
Who Does Pilates Suit?
Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels for woman and for men as it can be tailored to suit your own fitness level and requirements. It is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor posture and sports injuries. Pilates is enjoyed by Pippa Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Hugh Grant! to name but a few.
“Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” – Joseph Pilates
The Local Pilates Club
|Monday||4.30pm - 5.30pm|
5.45pm - 6.545pm
|Sacred Hearts Hall
|Tuesday||9.00am - 10.00am|
10.10am - 11.10am
|Sacred Hearts Hall
|Wednesday||9.00am - 10.00am||YMCA Vittoria Walk
|Thursday||4.30pm - 5.30pm||Gambier Parry Hall