Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Why Celebrities Love Pilates

Celebrities Love Pilates

When Kim Kardashian posted a message on Twitter recently asking her followers for advice on the best Pilates machine to use, it got us thinking about why celebrities love Pilates.

From Lady Gaga to Jennifer Aniston to Madonna, a wide range of celebs incorporate Pilates into their fitness routine. The best way to explain why they love Pilates is to hear from the celebrities themselves:

“I’ve been doing it for 15 years and I think it strengthens from the inside. When your core is strong, everything else starts to lift up.” – Kate Hudson

“I live for Pilates reformer class. I go at least three times a week. It’s a great way to lengthen your muscles, stretch, and kind of relax your mind.” – Shawn Johnson, gymnast

“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.” – Jennifer Aniston

“At-home Pilates is the best workout I’ve ever tried.” – Kristen Bell

“I was doing Pilates before people even knew how to spell Pilates… It pulls your shoulders back, tucks in your pelvis, makes you walk straighter, and gives you great posture.” – Vanessa Williams

“It’s a great way to exercise because you use so many muscles and get a really good workout. I use the machines, not mat Pilates, and it just works for me.” – Paris Hilton

“I was a fitness fiasco — until I found Pilates . . . It’s been the most gentle on my body… I’m longer and leaner and much more graceful. I can honestly say it’s changed my body — and my life.” – Chelsea Handler

“What do I like most about Pilates? The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don’t really feel them. With Pilates, I can really feel [my abdominals] even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.” – Joan Collins, who has been doing Pilates for over 30 years

“Pilates introduced me to muscles I never even knew I had. Soon I started to feel longer and leaner. Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better.” – Lucy Liu

“I also discovered Pilates when I got pregnant, as people kept saying it’s a great way to stay in shape, and now I can’t get enough – it’s amazing. It helps with aches and pain and, even for non-pregnant people, it’s a great way of getting those lean muscles.” – Olivia Wilde

“I’m a huge Pilates fan. Pilates relies on isolated, controlled movement and has allowed me to build up my core and strengthen my legs and arms.” – Karlie Kloss, Victoria’s Secret model

Pilates “is such a great way to get in shape in a loving way. I feel like I’m both challenging myself and healing my body at the same time.” – Kerry Washington

By the way, we were happy to accommodate Kim Kardashian with our favorite mini reformer, the Pilates Power Gym. We can’t wait to hear her feedback!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pilates

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pilates

Attention Pilates fans, here are five facts about Pilates that you may find surprising:

1) Pilates was invented for WWI prisoners of war

Joseph Pilates was a German living in England when World War I broke out. He was placed in an internment camp where he started helping prisoners to stay fit by implementing a unique method of muscle toning and strengthening. Pilates taught exercises that he had created for himself to his fellow inmates, including those who were bed-ridden. He got his inspiration for the future Pilates reformer by using bedsprings to create resistance.

2) Pilates is a great form of physical therapy

Pilates has been shown to help people with various injuries and diseases rehabilitate their bodies. The low-impact and focused method of muscle strengthening with emphasis on the core can help people who are recovering from car accidents, cancer, athletic injuries and even those living with multiple sclerosis.
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3) In Pilates, control of the mind is equally as important as control of the body

The original name of the Pilates method was “contrology” which emphasized the use of the mind to control muscles. Pilates believed that deep mental awareness of your breathing, working your core, controlling your movements, fluidity of motion, precision of exercises and being mentally present during your workout were essential to physical health. Exercise without mental concentration, he thought, was literally a waste of time.

4) Pilates is a great complement to yoga

Celebrity Pilates and yoga instructor, Kristin McGee, explains why the two fitness methods of Pilates and yoga work well together:
“Yoga aids in flexibility which allows Pilates practitioners to go deeper in to their practice and connect easier with their core (when your limbs are loose you can access your powerhouse easier). I also think yoga adds a lot of standing work that you won’t find as much of in Pilates so you can find your core when your practicing your balance standing. The two are very complementary to each other and I love them both.”

5) Pilates was intended not only for mat work but also on equipment

Throughout his life, Joseph Pilates created many forms of apparatus to practice his contrology exercises. In addition to workouts on the mat, there are a multitude of exercises which can be done on various pieces of Pilates equipment including the ladder barrel, the Wunda chair, the Cadillac and the Reformer. These pieces of equipment, like our own Pilates Power Gym, offer a wide range of additional Pilates exercises not possible on the mat. – T.Y.

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