So now that I’ve written a little bit about the man who created Pilates it only seems natural that I move right along to discussing the method itself!
Merriam-Webster defines Pilates as:
“Pi-la-tes (noun) : an exercise regimen typically performed with the use of specialized apparatus”
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to argue with Merriam Webster, but that is a pretty insufficient definition if you ask me. Of course it is the job of the dictionary to summarize, however, that definition takes out any and all of the wonderful-ness that is Pilates. Where should I even begin?!
Pilates fits within the category of Mind Body Fitness, which really aims to not only improve the physical condition of the body, but rather to encourage a deeper connection between physical, mental and emotional well being. Other types of exercise that fall under this category include yoga, GYROTONIC®, among others. What is unique to Pilates is the attention to detail of each muscle group resulting in small movements utilizing core strength. Pilates.com writes,
“By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.”
Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Madonna, and Kate Winslet all swear by Pilates – WHY? Practicing Pilates on a regular basis will produce long, lean muscles, improved flexibility, muscle tone, core strength… not to mention its amazing rehabilitative benefits from the likes of athletic injuries to post-surgery recovery. Pilates is not just for those already set to a workout regimine; it is absolutely great for anyone from fitness newbies to professional athletes.
Most group Pilates classes are open to all levels, but I typically recommend starting off with a private session to assess a best starting point individually suited to each student’s needs. Perhaps I’m biased, but I think everyone should at least give a Pilates class a shot. You might be sore the next day, but I promise you’ll feel amazing and energized. If you’re in Naperville/Lisle and are interested in Pilates, email me for info on classes and be sure to ask about of new guest introductory special!
Topic of Interest: How do you feel since adding Pilates to your fitness routine?