Pilates is a unique system of exercises that was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilate’s exercises are designed to strengthen, balance, and stretch the body. The combination of these lengthening and strengthening exercises has many benefits including:
Pilates Exercises are primarily centered around the deep core postural muscles which stabilize the body and support the torso. Every exercise is initiated from the core and flows outward to the extremities, thus making each move a functional, whole-body exercise. Pilates integrates and strengthens the smallest muscle groups, and increases muscle proprioception.
Pilates can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It creates a sleek, toned body with good posture, and graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility, and functional movement patterns that help alleviate many joint pains. Many conventional workouts create muscular imbalances because the stronger muscles get stronger, and the weak muscles get weaker. Pilates conditions the whole body. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Pilates exercises also train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movement patterns, creating musculature that is evenly balanced in strength and flexibility for optimal health.
The most defining feature of Pilates Reformers is its use of springs for resistance. Springs are truly essential to getting the great results and creating muscular balance in the body. Here are the key reasons why: