Pilates has stood the test of Time
Where would you put Pilates in the fitness continuum? If you follow fitness workout trends, you know they often come and go. Popular workouts are seen on TV, fitness sites and at your local gym. Have you noticed that some go away within a few years (or maybe even within the SAME year?) That can be annoying, right, as you look for a new workout? And, just when you think you’re doing the best ‘new’ thing for your body, you realize you’re not seeing the results you want or you lose interest and move on to the next trend. It’s pretty similar to diet and nutrition trends.
My recommendation is to stick with a workout that has stood the test of time with proven results and one that is known to help improve your body and not potentially harm it. I’m, of course, talking about Pilates. And Lowcountry is offering a new fall class: Pack Your Pilates Powerhouse.
The fundamentals of Pilates began on the mat in a series of exercises that Joe Pilates devised. Pilates machines or Apparatus came along later to actually help heal wounded soldiers. So, let’s focus on mat work. Understanding the principles is key – concentration, centering, control, precision, breathing, alignment, flow, and integration.
Mat work is actually quite challenging and brings you back to the basics, encouraging and building awareness of your own strength. Results will follow, once these fundamentals are understood.
Benefits of Pilates
Reap the benefits that are tried and true and have been around longer than a century! After incorporating Pilates into your fitness routine, you will see improvements in your body, spinal alignment, and posture and experience an increase in:
- Muscle Tone
- Core Strength
The bottom line is that it’s effective. It is soothing to the spine and easy on the body.
Trendy workouts often incorporate Pilates moves within their lineup; hence, even further validation that it works. A great example would be the Pilates Rollup. You can definitely test your core strength in this move. Challenge yourself to see how slow you can roll down and up – with total precision and without any momentum.
It’s very challenging not to use stronger muscle groups like your quadriceps with an exercise like the Rollup. Close the rib cage by pulling in your belly button and rolling on the breath.
New this Fall! Pack your Pilates Powerhouse Mat Class
Joyce is teaming up with Dr. Brad Brunner at the Spine-Pain Center for a limited time offer. These Mat classes will compliment your Chiropractic treatment & offer a continuum of care right in Dr. Brunner’s Mt. Pleasant, SC office. Don’t miss these classes which are limited to 6 participants and geared for personalized attention. Join her for this 6-week session starting Wednesday, October 4th or 8th at 1 pm. Check out all the details.
In conclusion, whether you like following the latest workout or not, try adding a Mat class into the mix. You’ll be doing your body a favor! If you’d like to take a class with me, contact me for a private, semi-private or group class and let’s master the fundamentals together