The whole world has been raving about the benefits of Pilates for years. Even celebrities and athletes do Pilates to keep in shape. It is a well-known fact that Pilates classes are great for your core – but how else can it help you? Can you work on any other areas but your abdomen?
The short answer is yes. Pilates can provide you a full-body workout, if you work with an instructor. Rarely do Pilates classes only focus on one part of your body: it is very important to work your entire body evenly.
Everything in Pilates practice revolves around your core. No matter what kind of exercises you are doing, your core is always working. It is always engaged. All the movements start in your core and before executing any movements, your job is to ensure that your core is engaged.
In Pilates, you will not only work the superficial abdominal muscles but the deep ones, as well. Your core will become stronger and you will be able to balance better.
Also, did you know that often times, back pain comes from a weak core? By improving your core strength, you may be able to get rid of your back pain.
In a Pilates class, you will also be able to work your arms. There are exercises that are designed to work your shoulders, biceps, and triceps. For instance, push-ups are an excellent way to work your arms, core, chest, and back at the same time.
In addition, reformer classes provide you with other types of work for your arms, and you will be able to benefit from resistance exercises.
Pilates can also help you to strengthen your legs. Many exercises are targeting your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. You will be able to improve your strength, balance, and even flexibility.
In fact, certain exercises can even target the smaller muscles of your legs, such as your inner thighs.
Let’s face it: many of us sit down all day, working in front of a computer. This causes back pain and problems with posture. But not to worry, because Pilates classes can help with that. If you suffer from bad posture, weak back, or back pain, your certified Pilates instructor might be able to help you.
In order to get started with Pilates near you, you can contact a local Pilates studio. If you reside in Long Island, New York, feel free to contact me. I will be happy to get you started with your Pilates journey.
At Pilates Mastery, we offer mat Pilates as well as reformer classes. We specialize in private classes, which gives you all the attention you deserve. Getting started is very easy: all you need to do is book a class and wear clothes that you are comfortable moving in. You will not even need a mat or other equipment, your instructor will have all that.