Pilates may have risen to popularity in recent years because of raving recommendations from popular celebrities, but it has been around for quite a while. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates has grown into a collection of over 500 exercises of controlled isometric movements with a particular focus on core strength. In fact, even its simplest exercises like The Hundred and Plank works the core to stabilize the body and carry its weight. It also increases your flexibility by challenging you to get into positions that you won’t normally do in your daily life, while enhancing your endurance by making you repeat such poses for several seconds or cycles. Delivering unparalleled fitness results, Pilates is here to stay, and it’s here to change your physique for the better.
Get fit without bulking up
High-intensity interval training brings out the force and power of your muscles, and consists of exercises that inevitably bulk you up (bigger muscles equals more power, after all). In contrast, Pilates focuses on endurance over intensity. Its exercises are designed to strengthen and lengthen, toning your physique without making your muscles bulge. What’s more, since Pilates works the core muscles most, it will subtly sculpt these areas better. If you want to have more outlined abs and a trimmer waist without bulking up your arms and shoulders, go the Pilates way.
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Shed fat without doing heavy cardio
Cardio exercises make you lose weight by turning your fat reserves into energy. However, due to their intense nature, they put the body under a lot of stress. And stress, whether good or bad, causes your cortisol levels to go up. High cortisol levels, in turn, send signals to your brain to store fat, especially in the abdominal area.
On the other hand, Pilates is a challenging but calming routine that enhances mind and body connection, promotes proper breathing techniques, and heightens concentration. Its exercises relieve stress, facilitate the release of endorphins, and lower the body’s cortisol levels, so you won’t have to worry about growing a fat belly. If you’re doing cardio, complement it with three to four sessions of Pilates a week to further lose weight the healthy way.
Improve posture and alignment
Pilates is classified under functional training, or exercises that enable you to you perform daily tasks with greater ease. Apart from enhancing your flexibility, Pilates improves your alignment through various centering exercises. It makes sure that you’re distributing your weight evenly between your left and right sides, and that neither side is working harder than the other. It also activates the stabilizing muscles of your lower back, which works to continuously correct your posture throughout the day. Better posture and alignment, in turn, help you carry out everyday movements like walking and climbing the stairs effortlessly. There’s also this icing on the cake: with straighter posture and a better sense of balance, your body lines or silhouette will look effortlessly graceful, like a flower in full bloom.
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You, too, can resculpt your body the natural way. If you’re in South Boston or Dedham, C2 Body can help you reshape your physique through our innovative Pilates programs. Book a class with us today.