WRITTEN BY: Bethany Tapp, Certified Personal Trainer & STOTT Pilates Instructor
Pilates workouts can be done by both men women! Pilates was named after a former Army medic, Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates combined breath work, which includes an exaggerated exhale, and movement to increase range of motion, strength, and flexibility among smaller muscles in the body to help balance movement of the larger muscles. (A mind + body workout).
More often than not, when you do a Pilates workout you will be working your entire body.
Pilates can be done on the floor, otherwise known as “mat work” and with various pieces of Pilates equipment such as the Reformer, Barrel, Cadillac, Chair, Wall Unit, etc.
Pilates mat work is known as the foundational groundwork for Pilates, which is where most begin their Pilates practice. Mat work is also known to be some of the most challenging ways to practice Pilates as you must use your own bodyweight to do all movements.
Today, many professional athletes use Pilates workouts to stay injury free- especially MLB players.
In addition, Pilates has many great benefits!
~Pilates is a lower intensity workout- it can be paired with higher intensity workout types as an active recovery workout.
~Pilates is one of the best workouts to improve core strength.
~Pilates can be done anywhere.
~Pilates is an excellent way to align your mind with your body, so they work together.
~Pilates is a great type of workout to include in your workout routine to help keep injury free!
~Pilates is one of the top workouts to help you better manage chronic pain.
If you’re interested in trying a Pilates workout for your first time with MotivateU, you can do Private Pilates, try Level 1 Pilates in the class setting, and Pilates Workouts On-Demand! As long as you take action by scheduling and starting your first Pilates workout, you will be on your way to a sculpted and pain-free Pilates body in no time!
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