This summer, why not take the plunge and start doing Pilates (or pick up where you left off)! The low-impact and targeted movements are simple enough for beginners to learn, yet extremely effective in delivering results.
“Because of its focus on core strength, Pilates is by far one of the most useful methods in fitness,” says Celebrity Pilates and Yoga trainer, Kristin McGee. “Our core is our foundation and we all need to learn how to lead from our center and support ourselves from our powerhouse. Then we can do anything in life and other fitness modalities.”
Young and old, beginner and advanced – anyone can start doing Pilates at any time in their life according to McGee. You can even do Pilates while you are pregnant, just like she did. The exercises target specific areas of your body and are low-impact causing little or no stress on your joints. On a Pilates reformer, you can lay on your back while doing many of the exercises – how much more low impact can you get!
So, you’re ready to do Pilates, but wonder whether to use a mat or a reformer. Kristin says: “The reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further. It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”
From our Beginners class, here is a popular Pilates exercise that will get your blood flowing:
1) The Hundreds
It’s always good to go back to the basics with our Beginner’s Workout
Maybe you are not in the mood for a strenuous workout and just want to gently move your body. For another relaxing Pilates class, try these exercises from our Restorative Class.
2) Side Lying Leg Press
Here’s a great strength training exercise to work your legs and thighs on the Pilates Power Gym
3) Lat Press
The lat press is great for strengthening arm muscles as shown in our “Restorative Workout” class
And once you are ready to progress, The Fitness Channel offers a variety of advanced Pilates Power Gym classes to suit your needs. – T.Y.
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