Wondering What Pilates Can Do for You? You May Be Surprised!

Wondering What Pilates Can Do for You? You May Be Surprised!

Do you wonder what Pilates can do for you? In short, it can help you get fit and have a better quality of life. But don’t take my word for it. Consider these words, spoken in 1965 by the man who developed the exercise method:

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, age 86

People at different fitness levels who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, posture and abdominal strength. My clients all say they stand taller and have become more aware of their bodies.

So, you ask what Pilates can do for you? Read on, and I will tell you more.

Pilates Exercises are Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels

Whether you are 50+ or just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body-mind approach make Pilates accessible to all. Pilates exercises can be tailored to individual needs.

Body Awareness

Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” This is one thing that makes Pilates exercise different: we practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise with awareness, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles — centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow — are key concepts we use to integrate body and mind.

Whole-Body Fitness

Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole. The workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. When you think about what Pilates can do for you, think beyond the physical body. The breath and mind are integrated in this practice as well.

Creates Strength without Bulk

Long, lean muscles are the name of the game here. In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show. We are building toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole and the needs of a person as they move through life.

Increases Flexibility

In Pilates, we work safely to increase flexibility and range of motion. A body that can stretch and bend to meet the flow of life is a very realistic goal.

Develops Core Strength

Pilates is all about building core strength. The core 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 back, good posture, and patterns of efficient movement. When the core is strong, the body’s frame is supported. The neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs —not more. A nice side benefit is that core training promotes the flat abs we all want.

Improves Posture

With good alignment and a strong core, good posture follows naturally. With good posture, one can move freely. As you age, you’ll be especially grateful that good posture is on the list of what Pilates can do for you.

Increases Energy

It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have. The more energy you have, the more you feel like exercising. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving and floods the body with the good feelings you get from exercising. After a workout, my clients always feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

How long does it take to realize what Pilates can do for you?

If you’re like many people, you’ll suspect you’re on the road to physical and mental transformation after just one or two sessions. After 30 sessions, you’ll have a whole new body! But again, let’s ask Joseph Pilates himself to answer this question:

“In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.” ~ Joseph Pilates

Ready to find out what Pilates can do for you? Grab a mat (you don’t need fancy equipment), and let’s start your journey!

In-Home Pilates: Maximum Results in Minimum Time

In-Home Pilates: Maximum Results in Minimum Time

Staying in shape is a challenge, especially when it involves trips to a gym or fitness studio. Maybe you’ve tried Pilates and stopped because the studio experience is not your thing. Or maybe you’ve been interested in trying it, but haven’t found a class that fits your schedule. What you may not realize is there are instructors who will bring Pilates to you! In-home Pilates has benefits you may not have considered.

Why is in-home Pilates often a better alternative? Well, there are lots of reasons!

In-home Pilates is convenient

Having a Pilates instructor guide you in the comfort of your own home is increasingly popular. Especially in places like NYC, busy fitness enthusiasts find that in-home Pilates is the perfect solution for fitting a workout into their schedule.

I love teaching in-home Pilates, because I can help my students get over one of the biggest obstacles to sticking with an exercise program. That is, by bring Pilates to them, I make working out so convenient that my students can’t avoid it if they try!

In-home Pilates eliminates distractions

Pilates is a body/mind fitness method. Results depend on your ability to concentrate and utilize the six principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flow.

Of course, these principles are easier to achieve without distractions. However, in group Pilates classes, distractions are common. With in-home Pilates, it’s just you and the instructor. Your attention is 100 percent on what you are doing and how it feels—the perfect setup for discovering deeper levels of movement. You’re able to truly go within yourself, making the exercises even more effective.

You don’t have to keep up with other students

During an in-home Pilates session, you can work at your own pace. You’re at home on your own time, so you can get clear on what you need to work on. As you can imagine, it’s much easier to work up to your potential in the comfort of your home. You won’t be held back by slower students, and you won’t feel the pressure to keep up with those who are faster. Instead, your personal instructor can teach you modifications for exercises that may not have worked for you before. You’ll discover a lot this way, enabling you to take your practice to the next level.

Don’t want to go it completely alone? Find an instructor who offers duet sessions and sign up with a friend.

I recommend private or duet sessions to ensure you receive the individual attention you need for optimal results. When I work with students in NYC’s Upper West Side (or anywhere in NYC), I custom-tailor sessions to meet my clients’ personal fitness needs. I can challenge students without pushing them too far too soon. My clients experience results that far surpass what they’ve accomplished in group classes.

If you’ve tried Pilates or any kind of fitness class in a gym or studio and did not like the results, don’t give up before trying an in-home Pilates session. In the comfort of your own home, you just may see benefits you did not think were possible.

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