In reference to the last post, here is an article detailing exactly how a Pilates practice can improve one’s sex life!
Practice Pilates and have great sex!
5. 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 covet.
Even though a lot of people are interested in Pilates because they want that 6-pack, those 6-pack muscles (rectus abdominus) barely scratch the surface of what Pilates can offer practitioners. A strong back will prevent injury as well as mitigate the effects of aging and lifestyle. Exercising those pelvic floor muscles helps women with the birthing process, and helps everyone with issues of incontinence.
Pilates is also great for sex. Yes, strong pelvic floor muscles increase sexual pleasure and if that is not enough of a reason to get to your closest Pilates studio, then also remember that Pilates helps people to stand up straighter. Good posture makes one look taller, slimmer, and duplicates the appearance of a 10 pound weight loss!
So get thee to a Pilates studio, like Springwater Pilates!
4. Increases Flexibility
In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints. You won’t find quite as much “pretzel logic” in Pilates as you might in yoga, but a body that can stretch and bend to meet the flow of life is a very realistic goal.
Note the words safe and realistic – keeping in mind that some bodies are very flexible while many have injuries and range of motion issues, Pilates works to be gentle on bodies while building the strength needed to prevent injury and support both athletic and every day activities.
So remember: Sunday is a great day for Pilates! While not many exercise classes typically take place on Sunday (beyond the morning) at Springwater Pilates we are now starting some Sunday afternoon classes to help you ease back into your work week. Come check us out!
It is time to learn point 3 of 10 in the top 10 reasons to maintain a Pilates Practice:
3. Creates Strength Without Bulk
Long, lean muscles are the name of the game here. In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show. We are building toned 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.
By the way, eccentric contractions take place when one lengthens the muscle (versus shortening a muscle during a concentric contraction) while resisting a movement. For example, the inward phase of a bicep curl, as the hand bends in towards the shoulder, is a concentric contraction; however, when one resists the return, slowly lengthening the arm back out, an eccentric contraction takes place. The muscle is being used and building strength yet growing longer at the same time. Since so much of Pilates is about resistance, it is a discipline where the ‘eccentric contraction cup’ runneth over. Pilates effectively develops long, lean muscles because of this very emphasis on the lengthening stage, or eccentric portion, of muscle contraction!
Come back to learn about benefit 4 of 10 tomorrow!
Now that we have established that Pilates is a wonderful whole-body fitness regimen, let’s move on to reason 2 out of our top 10 benefits of a Pilates practice!
2. Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs
Whether you are a seniorjust starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates 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, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.
There is so much to learn…come back for reason 3 tomorrow and continue to follow the links or check other websites to learn even more about Pilates!
February 7, 2012
Fitness, Groupon, Pilates
Also located under the schedule tab, this is the up-to-date February schedule:
Tuesday (1st, 3rd, 5th one of the month)
5:30pm – Mad Props – Mat Pilates with Props
6:30pm – Group Reformer
Tuesday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
5:30pm – Group Reformer
6:30pm – Mat Pilates R.U.B. (ripped upper body)
11:00am – Group reformer
Noon – All Levels Mat Pilates
9:00am – Group Reformer
10:00am – FREE Intro to Pilates (10-15 min.)
10:15am – All Levels Pilates Bootcamp
11:30am – Group Reformer
Sunday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
4:00pm – Group Reformer
5:00pm – Mat Pilates Mystery Core – Rotating Format!
Come on down and check out a class! There are drop in spaces available and enough to go around!
There are so many reasons to do Pilates – from core strength to improved posture to injury preventing, Pilates is a strength training regimen that is suitable for everyone.
In the coming days we will go over the top 10 reasons to do Pilates, covering a new reason each day! It is amazing that so many people are willing to try every new workout under the sun, yet a number of these people have never experienced Pilates…not even once!
There are countless online resources all about Pilates, and this is a great thing! But if you want to really experience Pilates you need to go to a Pilates-specific studio and find a knowledgeable instructor.
1st reason to practice Pilates:
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. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.
Attention to core support and full-body fitness — including the breath and the mind — provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.
Tune in tomorrow for reason number 2! You can check out about.com for some more information in the meantime, to satisfy your curiosity.
Pilates is amazing for many reasons…and more men need to be doing it! Check out this great article on Pilates for Men courtesy of Men’s Health magazine. Then give me a call and book your sessions, boys!
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See you in the studio!
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