Pilates is full body, low-impact, exercise, targeted at your core.
The core includes abdominals, hips, thighs, and back.
Pilates combines muscle strengthening with improved postural alignment and flexibility.
Time is taken to isolate muscles and connect with breath.
The exercises have a different intensity to the crushing high-intensity exercises lifting heavy dumbbells, and all exercises will be modified to your unique physical requirements.
Reformer Pilates is the most fun way to enjoy Pilates.
The reformer is a piece of gym equipment that swaps weights for springs to give muscle resistance.
It was orignaly designed by Joseph Pilates himself in a POW camp using a bedframe and springs.
The machine gives resistance on a sliding surface that some people say feels like you’re flying.
Mat work is where muscles are working to lift against gravity.
Mat work helps create lean muscle by the use of body weight exercises as opposed to working with additional weights.
There are a full range of movement with forward flexion, back extension, rotations and side bends.
The exercises are designed to not only strengthen your muscles but also to lengthen.
Each exercise utilises the full range of motion of the body so that joints are mobilized and muscles are stretched.
Keeping the muscles pliable also helps to decrease the risk of injury from, over stretching or reaching and lessen pain associated with chronic movement patterns.
Pilates also uses deep breathing techniques combined with core activation, so you really get the most out of every exercise.
This occurs by activating the diaphragm, your breathing muscle, which helps stabilize the core.
Additionally, the body will receive more fresh oxygen every time you inhale deeply and exhale completely by using the diaphragm to its full capacity.
Breathing also helps focus each movement pattern during the workout.