Everyone and anyone willing to dedicate themselves to regular Pilates sessions. It is as beneficial to the 14 year old as the 85 year old, men and women, the elite athlete to the physically challenged. The exercises are organized into beginner, intermediate, advanced, and super advanced workouts so that expert instructors can customize each session.
Pilates was originally created to help rehabilitate soldiers wounded in World War I and then later injured dancers. In fact, the modern day Reformer with its spring resistance and sliding carriage was developed to help patients exercise while they were bed-ridden. Where traditional methods of training tend to produce short, bulky muscles that are more prone to injury, Pilates elongates the spine, makes muscles more elastic and joints more flexible, which reduces the potential for injury. It's one of the reasons so many serious athletes practice Pilates.
Like most fitness regimens, you will only see results with regular, consistent practice. Optimally, you should work out two to four times a week - combining private sessions with mat classes. Within about 10 to 15 sessions you'll begin to understand and integrate the various Pilates principles in your body and start, to see and feel noticeable results - an increase in core strength, muscle tone, and flexibility and a general overall sense of well being.
Our instructors are among some of the best in the industry. As far as the term "better", that is a very subjective term. One person's preference is not necessarily another's. We do however; have instructors who are further along in the level that they are trained as well as instructors who have been teaching for a longer period than of time.
Yes! Not only can Pilates ease lower back pain in a very short period of time but, often, the weaknesses that cause or result from it can be corrected. Pilates is designed to give greater stability to the spine by strengthening the muscles in the lower back and pelvis. Improving alignment and returning function to these areas alleviates pressure on the lumbar discs, which has been scientifically demonstrated to assuage back pain.
Although you will often work up a sweat, it's not the same as doing cardio workouts. It's a good idea to supplement with some sort of cardio to achieve a higher level of fitness in your everyday life (ie, Power Pilates OneShot or Indo-Row class).
Engaging in any exercise regime that you enjoy increases body awareness and self esteem, which are essential to weight loss. If you commit to Pilates, you will achieve a trimmer appearance, since the exercises are designed to build long lean muscles. Usually within 10 training sessions, people see significant changes flatter stomachs, lost inches, better posture. This kind of musculature increases calorie burning potential. Pilates also promotes deep and efficient respiration essential for burning calories and regenerating tissue. More advanced students who are able to execute more difficult exercises with greater efficiency find Pilates to be extremely aerobic.
Pilates trains the body from the inside out. You learn how to engage and stabilize the muscles of the core to initiate movement, rather than using movement to activate the muscles. During a Pilates session, the focus is on the quality of movement rather than repetitions, so that one leaves the studio feeling invigorated, rather than exhausted. Unlike other forms of exercise that encourage breaks between workouts, Pilates can be practiced every day. That's because Pilates is more than just a form of strength training; you work toward mind/body integration and educating the body to move more efficiently.
Power Pilates recognized the brilliance of classical Pilates and the equally brilliant teachings of Romana but felt that there wasn't an organization of work to be able to pass on to the future generations of students and teachers. We broke the work down and organized it into systems and provided the teaching components needed for the instructor to learn how to teach, the why's of teaching and also the communication skills needed to make the experience of the consumer successful. By breaking the course down into this manner we made the work more accessible to the teacher and in the end to the consumer.
There are different forms of Pilates. Power Pilates honors the teaching of Joseph Pilates making it classical while providing tools to learn the exercises and teach them which empower teacher and student mentally and physically.
Every move we make in our daily life - sitting, standing, walking, and lifting - is supported by the core muscles of the stomach, back and pelvis. Pilates, developed nearly a century ago by Joseph Pilates, is the most evolved system for strengthening these important core muscles. Pilates encompasses more than 500 controlled exercises on six pieces of apparatus and the mat. It relies on the interplay of mind, body, and spirit to achieve total fitness. Each exercise balances strength, stability, stretch, and stamina to improve posture, reduce stress, and create long, lean muscles.
"Power Pilates is absolutely contagious. I tried it out because I was told I would see results in only a few weeks while actually having fun. Not only have I seen results, I have also come to realize that it is a complete mind/body workout. I'm hooked!"
~ Hilary Swank Oscar nominated actress
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