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The Five Biggest Benefits of Pilates

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The Five Biggest Benefits of Pilates

Have you been on the fence about trying Pilates?  Wondering what all the hype is about and how it would be beneficial to you?  Obviously, we are all Pilates lovers at Pilates in the Grove, but there is nothing we enjoy more than sharing that passion with our clients and helping others feel and understand the magic of Pilates.  We invite you to come check out the studio and take an intro class, but in the meantime, here are some of the benefits you can expect when you begin your Pilates journey.

  1. Mindfulness:  Our goal at PITG is to teach you mindful movement.  What does that mean? Every minute of your practice requires your full concentration.  You are forced to zone out and forget about outside distractions. We tell you when to breathe, how to breathe, what muscles to engage and how each movement will feel.  It’s not as easy as it sounds. To properly perform an exercise, you must focus on these things at once and that will become easier the more you practice. Your mind won’t have a chance to wander.  This hour is dedicated to your mind and your body. And “me-time” allows you to re-charge and destress.
  2. Body Awareness & Control: Throughout each exercise, you are given cues about your form.  It’s easy to forget to engage your abs, but you will be reminded and eventually become accustomed to keeping them engaged (in and out of the studio).  You might not realize until you take a Pilates class that your shoulders tend to elevate when performing strength exercises. You will learn to keep them down and back, which will help with your posture.  Pilates is all about slow and controlled movement. You will learn to control your body and use the right muscles, instead of quickly moving your limbs around without control.
  3. Flatter, Stronger Abs: You should be activating your core throughout each Pilates exercise.  The core is made of the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back and it is used to control the movement of your limbs in pilates.  You should be feeling the abs at work when performing arm exercises. Regular practice will naturally lead to a stronger and more functional abdomen.
  4. Flexibility:  One of the most satisfying parts of a Pilates class is all the stretching involved.  We are lengthening the muscles with each movement, stretching out the muscles used after a tough set, using the resistance of the reformer straps to deepen the stretches and increase your flexibility.  You will become more flexible the more you practice and increased flexibility leads to leaner, longer muscles and is beneficial in alleviating pain.
  5. Posture:  As mentioned earlier, you will be cued about proper form throughout your practice.  This means sitting up straight, pulling the abs in, keeping the shoulders down. Eventually, it becomes second nature and you will be standing taller all the time.

These are just some of the many benefits of Pilates.  All of the above leads to less back and joint pain, more energy, less stress and we hope it will make you a happier person.  Come in to try a class and so you can reap the benefits and let us know how Pilates makes you feel.

Kristy Gonzalez


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