Pull out your mat, put on your fitness attire, and lets get headed to the studio! Because this article will kill all your excuses as to why you you shouldn’t be doing Pilates. If you’ve been up to date with LifeChanging studio through social media, then you should know by now what Pilates is. Not to worry for newcomer’s, we’ll run it down quickly for you.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. Its a challenging body routine that builds flexibility and muscle strength in different regions of the body such as: legs, abdominals, arms, and hips. It focuses on spinal and pelvic alignment all while controlling your breathing, improving body coordination, and finding balance. It demands intense focus and requires good amount of concentration to practice.
Hearing this, you may think “I can’t do that”. Well, think again because we believe Pilates benefits everyone; for men and women alike, for those suffering from bad posture, athletes, and people of all ages.
Pilates for men & women
Pilates for men? Pilates was started by a man: Joseph Pilates. Men back in his days have figured prominently as instructors and promoters of the Pilates method throughout its history. Although it was a majority of men that was part of the Pilates scene, the popularity of this dynamic form of fitness attracted a large wave of women participants and instructors that left the impression it leaned towards a more feminine exercise. This idea quickly dissolved when its reputation was noticed. Pilates is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world, and everyone, men and women took advantage of the Pilates method whether its for opening a business, educating people, or to simply put: to have a better lifestyle.
At LifeChanging, we welcome all genders whether you’re a client or an instructor. We facilitate with male and female locker rooms and showers as well as male and female instructors.
Pilates for a better posture
Are you an office worker? Sitting in the same position 8 hours a day? Or perhaps an employee who’s job involves heavy duty work? Then you should consider doing Pilates to improve your posture and bring relief to your back and spine. Pilates is all about strengthening postural muscles. Most of us know good posture when we see it, and we are inspired by how free and strong it makes a person look, but there are so many reasons to work on your posture that goes beyond appearance. Here are just a few benefits of good posture; pain relief throughout the body (including neck, back, hip, leg, and foot pain), more efficient movement by improved muscle function and range of motions, less stress on joints, and improved circulation and breathing. People are designed to move, not to sit. So if you’re looking for some release after work, we can provide the services you’re looking for.
Pilates for athletes
Sports performance can be greatly improved through regular Pilates sessions. Pilates builds balanced muscle development, core strength and flexibility through efficient and purposeful movement. Different sports mean different focused areas of the body, which causes athletes to ignore the rest. This is harmful as it can lead to weak muscles getting weaker and strong muscles getting stronger; meaning the lack of balance. It is the primary cause of injury and deteriorating performance. By addressing postural issues through simple movements in Pilates, athletes can avoid many common injuries.
LifeChanging have professional and dedicated instructors trained to address these issues. We also have state-of-the-art equipment such as the Reformer to specifically challenge and give athlete’s feedback to build awareness.
Combat the effect of aging
“A person is only as young as his spinal column”– Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a gentler and effective way of staying fit. For the older generation keeping fit is essential yet challenging. So many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of these mature adults. Many have turned to Pilates sessions at their local studio’s as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injuries. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy. Age is just a number.
We can guarantee that Pilates is safe. It is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries. It is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Workouts are modified to suit every individual. At LifeChanging, the essence of Pilates will always remain but will be modified differently and uniquely to the specific needs of our clients. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information regarding Pilates, it benefits, and our services. We are happy to help you and hope to join your journey to achieve your fitness goals.