Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder, Joseph Pilates, who dedicated his lifetime to improving physical and mental health.
Pilates focuses on building your body's core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.
By core strength, we mean your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.
Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles, however, to provide a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn't even know you had!) and help develop an awareness of how your body works. more
Ten reasons why you should try pilates today
Joseph Pilates, founder of the pilates method of exercise, said: "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Getting the most out of life should be reason enough to try pilates, but just in case you need a little more gentle persuading, here's ten more good reasons why you should try pilates today. more
Real men don't eat quiche, but they do enjoy pilates!
If you think pilates is just for women, don't tell Super Middleweight world boxing champion and Olympic gold medallist, Andre Ward! Or tennis player, Andy Murray! Or the New Zealand All Blacks, or cricketer, Freddie Flintoff, or indeed the thousands of men worldwide who use pilates to improve their fitness and well-being!
Read more about the benefits of Pilates For Men.
Why you are never too old for pilates
As our bodies age we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we
do, the harder it is to start again.
But the older we get, the more
important exercise becomes to our wellbeing.
Problems associated with poor posture,
being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on
effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation,
insomnia, and lack of energy, can add to health and mobility woes.
The good news is that pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people
over 50 years of age and who haven't exercised in a while. more
Is Pilates the same as yoga?
With both pilates and yoga classes regularly performed on mats, it's not surprising that many people think that pilates is basically yoga by another name.
In fact, there are key differences as well as similarities between yoga and pilates.
One key difference is that while yoga emphasises meditation and relaxation, pilates primarily targets core muscle groups to promote muscle tone and core muscle strength.
Pilates and the perfect pregnancy
Many women first attend pilates classes during pregnancy or while in post natal recovery.
Pilates is the ideal form of exercise during and after pregnancy because it is a gentle low impact form of exercise.
And because pilates helps maintain and improve the condition of both your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, it is not only a safe form of exercise while pregnant, it can be hugely beneficial too. more
You will absolutely love your first visit
to a pilates studio!
At first sight, a pilates studio might seem an intimidating place to visit. The equipment will be unfamiliar and you may think that you lack the skills to use it without feeling awkward or looking foolish.
Nothing could be further from reality. Those machines that look like they belong in torture chambers? You will count the days to your next session such are the benefits they will bring to your posture, core strength and well-being. more