The fundamentals of Pilates: It is for EVERYONE!
Pilates is for everyone! Young to elderly and everyone in between. The Pilates Method has been around for decades and is known for its ability to sculpt bodies. By working with the fundamentals of Pilates, you are able to: increase stability, increase total body strength (Believe it, there is not a muscle group missed in a Pilates class!), rehabilitate past injuries, prevent new injuries from occurring, increase flexibility, increase balance and coordination and of course TONE!
By focusing on the core fundamentals of Pilates, instructors are able to work the entire body by layering exercises and challenging more than one muscle group at a time.
5 FUNdamentals of Pilates:
- Abdominal Curls
- Pelvic Peels
- Spinal extension
- Laying on your stomach, slowing lifting torso off of the mat engaging the back muscles. Listen to your body on how much range of motion (ROM) can be done. A good tip is start off with a small ROM then progress slowly into full ROM. Contract the quadriceps and slightly push the pubic bone into the mat to protect the low back.
- Thigh lifts
- Caterpillar Curl
Although there are many exercises that are taught in a 55 minute class, most of the exercises are layered from the fundamentals listed above. These fundamentals help to re-pattern in-correct movement and encourage healthy movement to take its place. As mentioned before, these exercises challenge stability, balance, coordination and of course will strengthen the entire body creating lean and long musculature!
Why NOT give it a try?!
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