Pilates – why is it so good for us?

Pilates – why is it so good for us?.


Pilates with Stretchband

Pilates with Stretchband.



Why is Pilates good for you during pregnancy?

Why is Pilates good for you during pregnancy?.

2012 is the year for your Pilates Body.

2012 is the year for your Pilates Body..

2012 is the year for your Pilates Body.

Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which will emphasize the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. The Pilates method is also a fast and effective way to build a body with uniform muscular development.

One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for so many people such as Athletes, dancers, seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, yoga enthusiasts, people with back pain, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.


My Top 10 List of Great Reasons to Do Pilates

There are far more than 10 reasons to do Pilates, but I’m going to start with 10 because I want to inspire you and give you the opportunity to follow-up on the aspects of Pilates training that interest you.


1. Pilates is Whole-Body Fitness

Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. The Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

2: Creates Strength

Long, lean muscles are the key. In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show; we are building muscles that work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole, and the functional fitness needs of a person as they move through life.

One of the ways that Pilates creates long, strong muscles is by taking advantage of a type of muscle contraction called an eccentric contraction.

3Increases Flexibility

In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints.  When we talk about flexibility, we are talking about two factors: How far a muscle group can stretch, and how much range of motion (ROM) we have at a joint.

4: Develops Core Strength

The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all want.

5:  Improves Posture

Good posture is a reflection good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Starting with Pilates movement fundamentals and moving through mat and equipment exercises, Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. You can see this in someone who practices Pilates.

6: Increases Energy

It might seem a bit strange, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.


7:  Promotes Weight Loss and Long, Lean Appearance

If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner look; Pilates improves muscle strength, balances musculature, supports a good posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit.

8: Increases Awareness

Joseph Pilates was adamant that Pilates, or contrology as he originally called it, was about “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” This is one of the secrets of Pilates exercise: we practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise.

9: Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs

Whether you are a senior who has just started exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilate’s movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilate’s workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

10: Relaxing In my opinion, Pilates gives you total relaxation. At the end of my Pilates classes, I allow 5 minutes for complete relaxation with the lights off, listening to some relaxing music to allow your body to completely relax. It’s very important we allow some time for ourselves.


So make this year, your year for your body! Work hard, eat well and you will soon have the body you wish to desire.


Sarah Pennicott

Personal Trainer & Pilates Teacher