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Everything You Need To Know About Pilates

Everything You Need To Know About Pilates

If you are looking to expand your fitness horizons, why not try something different? Pilates is a great way to incorporate low-impact exercise into your routine. Pilates, much like Yoga, aims to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and postural alignment resulting in overall body balance. Movements within Pilates are usually slow and very controlled which requires full mind and body connection.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates places a lot of emphasis on core strength which has proven to have many health benefits. With a strong core, your spine is better supported and your body is more stabilised. Pilates also helps to relieve muscle tension and back pain that can be caused by sitting at a desk for a long time or by doing strenuous activity. This practice utilises the breath just like Yoga. Therefore, a great benefit is that it increases blood circulation and oxygen in the blood and releases feel-good hormones into the body. Finally, Pilates has a great impact on improving body awareness. Being in tune with your body helps you respond better to outside stimuli which can assist in the prevention of injuries and falls in your day-to-day life.

Is Pilates for me?
Pilates is for everyone! No matter your age or fitness level, this practice can benefit you. The low-impact nature of pilates means that it is a safe option for someone who just stepped into the club for the first time or for a seasoned gym goer. Pilates balances and strengthens the body which means even athletes that need to respond quickly on the field or track, can benefit from this practice.

What is the difference between Pilates & Yoga?
While both practices focus on mindfulness, Pilates emphasises core strength and yoga emphasises meditation and relaxation. Another difference is that in Yoga, you hold certain poses for some time and in Pilates, you have shorter sets with fewer repetitions.

Pilates is a great way to maintain core strength, build muscle and increase mobility. If you are looking to switch things up, keep an eye on our class timetable and book your spot in our next Pilates session - you won't regret it!

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