What is Pilates?
Pilates is a full-body strength training regimen; its primary goal is to build core strength (think back, neck, abdominals, pelvis, or anything else on the ‘trunk’ of the body) while also creating long, lean musculature. Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, the discipline emphasizes the balanced development of the body through trunk stabilization / conditioning, flexibility, and postural awareness in order to support efficient, bio-mechanically sound movement.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back, neck, and hip pain, as well as other ‘core’ ailments. When the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently. Since almost everyone in the United States will experience back pain at some point in life, Pilates proves to be an effective injury prevention tool.
The Pilates Difference
Our goal is to bring functional fitness training to you in the most portable, easy to incorporate, quickest yet most effective way possible. That is why we focus on Pilates-based personal training.
One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as does anyone working through the various stages of physical rehabilitation. In addition, women turn to Pilates both during and after pregnancy to re-shape the body, and men love the fact that many Pilates movements directly support the skills required to play golf, rock-climb, ski/snowboard, fish, run, and much more.
Pilates is adaptable, thus making it the very best form of exercise to bring into an office environment that supports a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level. Regardless of fitness level, age, or any other mitigating factors, anyone who sits at a desk all day can, and SHOULD, do Pilates. Since Pilates focuses on the quality of movement over the quantity of repetitions, a person will see significant results in a fraction of the time required by other strength training methods.
Pilates exercises are either done on a mat on the floor, or on specialized pieces of equipment (reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, ladder barrel, and more). Mat work can be done anywhere, anytime, by anyone.
We can bring Pilates and core-centric functional fitness to your office, home, local park, or anywhere else!