5 Reasons I Am Obsessed With Pilates
To tell you the truth, before I took my Pilates mat certification last December I had probably taken two classes EVER. I decided it was the next step in my fitness career and I really had no idea what I was getting into. In hindsight, it probably would have helped me more if I didn’t come into it with a blank canvas and with some experience but I learned a lot and fast!
People assume Pilates is like yoga and if they aren’t into yoga then they easily brush it off. The biggest difference I like to explain to people is that yoga is more about improving flexibility, holding positions for longer periods of time. Pilates is more focused on working through and establishing stronger ranges of motion and understanding that most of our movements are centred around our core. Of course there are some commonalities and cross over but this is the easiest way to explain.
So what is my obsession with Pilates all about?!
Body awareness - because it happens at a slower pace, I find people are better able to understand their bodies and how well they move. In faster paced classes, we don’t always have time to think and we just do. Pilates allows you to take a step back, slow down, and become aware of your capabilities and areas of improvement.
CORE first. This is your best opportunity to connect deeply with your core. You learn how to activate and utilize your inner core muscles for stability so that your outer core muscles can work on strength and power. Inner core work is usually the missing piece in our relationship with our core so this is a great opportunity to hone in on it.
Mind body connection. Where is the movement coming from? Often times in faster paced workouts, we are focused on getting it done, often timed. In Pilates you understand from mind to body what is initiating the motion to move better and establish those stronger ranges of motion. We use a lot of visualizations to help understand how the body should feel and where the movement comes from.
Proper joint movement. We focus a lot on hips, knees, and spine. Pilates gives you the opportunity to move well and sustain your body for the long haul.
Complements all other movements. Regardless of how you spend most of your training time Pilates will help you. It is easily transferable to all other modalities. It will help you move well, initiating movements from the correct muscles, therefore generating more power and reducing injuries.
Change up your workout. Learn about your strengths and areas of improvement. Step out of your comfort zone. Develop stronger movement patterns and core connection. Give Pilates a try!
Yours in self-discovery,