Pilates is a dynamic, body-weight training method that targets your large core muscles, breathing and posture. You may strengthen your abs and tone up your glutes even as you protect and stabilize your back. (Oh, and by the way, you can carve up a six pack stomach in record time.)
At the heart of our diverse, multi-level Pilates classes are full-body exercises developed to stabilize and sculpt your abs and surrounding muscles, such as your hips and upper back. As you perform the controlled physical movements, or postures, you will learn how to emphasize breathing rhythms, alignment tweaks and balance. You might use all sorts of body sculpting tools, too, such as medicine balls or dumbbells.
The inventor of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, actually created this well-blended mix of calisthenics, gymnastics, yoga and stretching to formulate his original series of strength-based core sessions. Some benefits of Pilates include increased flexibility, muscular endurance as well as core stability, especially for sports performance.
Core Training Sculpts and Tones
According to the London Pain Clinic, practicing a consistent Pilates exercise routine is a significant preventive practice for lower back pain. Eight out of 10 American will suffer from back pain at one point. It's important to strengthen your core as a preventative measure.
Research newly supports another surprising benefits of certain Pilates poses: Pilates' muscle-strengthening poses increase lung capacity by improving your spinal alignment and increasing blood circulation to your heart and lungs.
8 More Benefits of Pilates Training
- Increase flexibility in both upper and lower body
- Prevent lower back discomfort
- Boost athletic performance (think swimming, running)
- May soothe upper back and neck pain
- Improve muscular strength and endurance
- Enhance your sense of balance
- Improve coordination and agility
- Sculpt your arms and abdominals
In Pilates classes at California Family Fitness, you may experience a blend of exercises flavored with each instructors’ unique training. Adaptable to every fitness level, Pilates training is an effective and inspirational addition to your weekly fitness regimen. Check our your clubs pilates group fitness class schedule. We look forward to seeing you in class soon!