Six ways Pilates can revolutionise your fitness
In recent years Pilates has become increasingly popular among celebrities, athletes and regular people alike. But more than just a fitness fad, Pilates is here to stay. Just ask Sylvia Roberts,Centr’sresident Pilates expert.
Roberts first found her passion for Pilates while dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Singapore Dance Theatre 25 years ago. After retiring from dance it was a natural move to start practicing and teaching Pilates full-time. With Centr she is able to share this passion with even more people – making Pilates more accessible than ever.
More than just an add-on, Pilates is a powerful stand-alone workout. And, it might just change your body and mind for the better. Here are Robert’s six ways Pilates can revolutionise your fitness:
You will become stronger from head to toe
Pilates movements are often slow and purposeful. This targets muscles from head to toe, including smaller muscle groups that are often overlooked in strength workouts. But more than just building lean definition, Pilates also engages the body’s connective tissues (such as your ligaments and tendons), making you truly stronger all over.
A session will burn energy and turn you into a sweaty mess
Those slow and controlled Pilates movements are harder than they look! So much so that you’ll be sweating up a storm by the time you finish a workout. Depending on your goal this means you may lose weight, or just get that shiny endorphin glow.
It improves posture while alleviating back pain
Pilates was first developed as a rehabilitation tool. The creator, Joseph Pilates, believed that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. Meaning you can improve your overall wellbeing by doing movements to better align your spine, tone the torso and strengthen the back.
Pilates can be done regardless of sex or ability level
You may have worked this out, but the founder of Pilates was a man. So it’s definitely not a practice limited to women! Everyone can experience the benefits of Pilates. Plus, as each movement is adaptable you can start doing it no matter whether you’re a fitness newbie or seasoned pro.
Your performance in other workouts will improve
Incorporating Pilates into your workout routine will improve everything from coordination and body awareness, to stability and mobility through your joints. Seriously, it would be quicker to list the things Pilates doesn’t improve. By working on these things you will find that your total body athleticism will improve, helping you to smash out your other workouts.
Pilates helps calm your mind
Another important tenet of Pilates is the connection of breath to movement. This deep breathing can help calm the mind, making it a form of active meditation. After a session you will feel calmer, more in tune to your body and less stressed. It truly helps strengthen your mind as it strengthens your body.