Whether you are looking for a group fitness class to help improve athletic performance, balance, core strength, coordination, posture, your mind and body connection or your overall health, Pilates is a class for you!
6 Primary Principles
- Centering is essential to create a starting point for achieving control and building strength from the core outward.
- Flow refers to the Pilates method of moving gracefully from one motion to the next through natural transitions.
- Control over muscle groups and balance is important to ensure greater safety and to provide the maximum benefit for fitness.
- Precision in movements and transitions can produce much more dramatic results (in strength and endurance) than less precise motions.
- Concentration is required to maintain focus and to achieve precise movements and correct flow.
- Breathing correctly can ensure that the body is oxygenated fully during your Pilates exercises.
The Benefits of Pilates
- Pilates can increase flexibility and allow greater mobility and endurance.
- Pilates exercises can improve muscle control and build strength in core muscle groups.
- Regular Pilates activities can increase lung capacity and boost the circulatory system.
- These exercise methods can improve your coordination and balance.
- Classes in Pilates can provide you with an increased awareness of your body and an improved ability to manage stress.
- In some cases, you may enjoy greater stabilization of your spine and reduced vulnerability to injuries of the bones and muscles.
- Pilates is suitable for people at all levels of fitness and experience.
Staying relaxed and maintaining good posture during your Pilates exercises can help you increase your core strength and enjoy the greatest possible benefits from this advanced training method.
Most classes begin with stretching and mental preparation to ensure the greatest degree of focus during the Pilates exercises.
Pilates for Athletes