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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on core strength and stability throughout the whole torso. Improving trunk stability is a key aspect of Pilates training because it dictates how the body moves during everyday tasks.

Like yoga, Pilates exercise helps to enhance flexibility which creates a body that is fluid and controlled. Through functional movement patterns, muscles can become stronger and leaner. The Pilates method aims to rectify imbalance in the body that could cause joint and muscle pain.

As for volume and reps, Pilates training focuses on quality and does not include many repetitions per move. Hence, it works efficiently by maximising the results you receive in a short amount of time.

Another essential element of Pilates is deep breathing. You are encouraged to focus on your inhales and exhales, to encourage stale air to be expelled from the lungs and replaced with fresh oxygen. During each Pilates movement, concentrated breathing is crucial to control the movement optimally.

The Benefits of Pilates

Improved Stability

A stronger core means the spine is supported to a greater extent. The more stable your body is, the less likely you are to slouch and exhibit poor posture.

Enhanced Flexibility

By developing your core strength your body will compensate less during movement which will improve your range of motion.

Better Functionality

Strong core muscles work with muscles in the trunk to support the spine through a large array of functional movements. When your body works more cohesively, this takes the pressure off the spine and allows you to move freely.

Increased Energy Levels

Pilates teaches you to be efficient with your movements. The core is involved in every physical activity and when it is strong it will mean you expend less energy.

If you are interested in Pilates, give us a call on 020 8658 6808 to find out more or check out the variety of classes we offer.

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