10 Amazing Benefits of Pilates

I have been teaching Pilates for 9 years. I could write a list of 100 reasons why Pilates will be a benefit to you based on my observation of the changes I have seen with my clients. For now…my top 10.

No Other Exercise Comes Close To the Benefits You Get From Pilates!

Presently, Pilates is on of the most popular fitness methods worldwide. Many health and fitness professionals know and understand the many benefits of Pilates. It’s surprising that so few people fully understand just how valuable Pilates can be to the individual. You are about to discover why Joseph Pilates is the ‘Einstein of fitness’, and why no other exercise method gives you more benefits, this setting Pilates completely apart from all other fitness programs.

1. Pilates is a Whole Body Fitness
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.

2. Pilates Caters to all Fitness Levels and Needs
The wonderful thing about Pilates is that it was developed to benefit both men and women. It is also a method of exercise that was designed for anyone, from the beginner to the most advanced athlete. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilate’s workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

3. Pilates Develops Core Strength
The deep core muscles trained in Pilates are what 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 rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs, instead of compensating, causing stress and stiffness. Pilates core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.

4. Increases Flexibility
Pilates had a considerable focus on the integrity of the body, which is practiced in creating flexibility. Pilates is also an example of a method of exercise that is focused on uniform development of the muscles and avoiding any kind of over development that limits flexibility. Rather than utilizing static or unmoving stretches, Pilates focuses on movements while stretching

5. Pilates Improves Posture
Good posture is a reflection good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position where a body can move freely.  When alignment is off it stresses the skeleton, especially the spine. Pilates exercises increases the awareness of the proper placement of the spine and pelvis, and creates the inner strength to support the natural curves of the spine.

6. Pilates Increases Energy
The Pilates workout focuses on the correct way to breathe. You will find yourself breathing more deeply, resulting in an increase in your lung capacity. This supplies your body with more oxygen, resulting in increased energy levels. You will leave a Pilates class feeling more energized, de-stressed, peaceful, and relaxed.

I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86

7. Pilates Improves Mind/Body Awareness
Two key principles of Pilates are control and concentration. Pilates is done in a slow mindful state of consciousness The goal of Pilates is to become extremely aware of your alignment and the energy you bring to movement. This, then transfers to your daily activities allowing you to be more mindful of how you move your body throughout your day.

8. Improves Balance and Co-ordination
Balance starts to deteriorate as your muscles weaken. Pilates aids in improving balance by stabilizing your core. Pilates works the small, deep muscles needed to keep your body steady when walking and your spine both supple and strong.

9. Improves your Mental Quality and Increases Motivation
Pilates benefits your emotional health. The smooth, steady movements quiet your mind and soothe your nervous system. As you lengthen and strengthen your muscles, you will improve your circulation and dissolve tension away. Each workout will leave you feeling calm, balanced, and rejuvenated.

10. Pilates Reduces Stress Level.
The Pilates method of breathing teaches you breath control. It was designed to cleanse the bloodstream through oxygenation, by bringing fresh blood to all of the cells. This method of breathing not only increases your physical health, it also reduces your blood pressure and triggers a relaxation response in the brain. Less stress equals a happy body, mind, and spirit.