Even if you haven’t become a Dynamic Pilates member by now ( P.S. you totally should 😉 ), you’ve definitely heard the hype about Pilates! But with all that hearsay, you’re probably wondering what’s actually so great about this fitness phenomenon?
Well, we’re glad you asked – but once we start listing off the benefits, you’ll have a hard time stopping us!
First and foremost, don’t be fooled. Pilates is not a form of Yoga as many have believed in the past. It stands on its own as a physical fitness system.
Over 1 million Australians actively practise Pilates – including hundreds of people who come through our door for Pilates reformer classes Sydney each week. No matter your age, strength or experience- Pilates can be beneficial for you. Whether you are a senior beginning your exercise journey, an elite athlete or a mum-to-be, the foundations of Pilates movement are universally loved and with proven results toboot.
So today, we’re going to let you in on the secrets of what’s so great about Pilates.
But first, where does Pilates originate from?
Pilates was first created as a rehabilitative tool by German gymnast Joseph Pilates. Joseph dedicated his life to teaching his revolutionary exercising techniques, believing that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. Having awareness of breath and alignment of the spine formed his core belief that we can strengthen the torso and abdominal muscles, whilst also reducing stress.
Now that we’ve given you a little background, we’ve picked out just a few of the many benefits accessible when practicing Pilates in case you aren’t convinced yet.
A full body workout
Pilates ensures that no one muscle group is overdeveloped or underdeveloped, giving you that perfect lean body you are looking for.
Pilates is beneficial in correcting posture and alignment through building underdeveloped muscle groups negatively affected by poor habits like slouching in your chair at work.
Easy on your knees and joints
Most Pilates movements and exercise are supported or in a seated position. Allowing for low impact movement, your knees and joints are protected throughout every session.
When you’re flexibility is low, you shorten your muscles and can limit your body’s range of motion. Pilates movements, like the ones in our Pilates reformer classes in Sydney, often involve a deep stretch which will stretch and straighten you out before long – along you a better range of motion and flexibility than ever before.
A clear mind
Pilates creates a body & mind relationship, where focus, concentration and meditation come together.
And for our perfectionists out there – Pilates is definitely your cup of tea! Precision is key for your posture, breathing, movement, repetitions, and energy levels to combine for an effective session.
The caloric burn during a Pilates workout ranges from 4 to 8 calories per minute – depending on your intensity – and is a fantastic exercise partner for a healthy diet. Just take one look at any of our members from our Pilates Reformer Classes in Sydney – you’ll definitely notice their toned physiques! You can read more about Pilates for Weight Loss here.
Create strength without bulk
Long, lean muscles are the name of the game in Pilates. We are not looking to build muscles for show. Creating toned muscles to work within the context of your body as a whole shapes the end goal of Pilates exercise.
This handful of benefits (and the many more we didn’t have time to list) come together to equal one of the most effective and widely loved exercise systems of the 21st century!
If we’ve piqued your interest, you can begin your Pilates journey with Gemma and the team from Dynamic Pilates today by clicking right here. See you soon!