Saturday, May 18, 2013

Why Pilates? Why not!

People have asked me "why should I do Pilates" but my answer "because it's awesome" usually isn't good enough though! So here are some complete answers that may help you understand Pilates a little more. Scroll down for a special promotion at Core Pilates and Yoga! Their website is
What is "the Core"
Functional movements are highly dependent on the core, the area where all movement is generated. The muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs. You'll find yourself standing stronger and taller than you did before starting Pilates.
Oh...and that gorgeous stomach that we all covet....yeah that's a nice side effect.
A Pilates Workout is a Full Body Workout
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates will not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. Pilates training does focus on core strength by training the body as an integrated whole. This discipline promotes strength and balanced muscle development as well as increasing flexibility and range of motion for the joints.
Adaptable to Most Fitness Levels
It doesn't matter if you're a couch potato now, a Crossfitter, or an elite athlete, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. There are thousands of possible exercises that include modifications and progressions to tailor any routine to your individual needs and goals.
Strength Without Bulk
You've heard of long, lean muscles. Pilates will build toned muscles that will not only look good but help you move through life easily!
Increased Flexibility
We train functional range of motion while highlighting correct body alignment leading to an increase spinal and peripheral joint flexibility without stress.
Take some time and do a little research on Pilates and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. If your mind is already committed, take advantage of the special offered now through June 1 at Core Pilates and Yoga in Wexford/Sewickly (near Baierl YMCA).

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