Pilates has changed my body and my life. I recovered from a knee injury through Pilates and fell so in love with this type of movement, that I became an instructor and eventually opened my own studio.
I’ve been working with clients since 1998 and I have seen just how great Pilates is for them. The benefits below are just some of the reasons why I love Pilates so much.
Reason #1: Strengthen and lengthen.
Who doesn’t want lean, strong muscles? Pilates works functionally, so the exercises mimic moves you do every day. This means activities that you used to struggle with become a breeze. On top of that, you’ll also look great in a tank top.
Reason #2: Posture.
Good posture is a key area to focus on, especially as we age. Improving your posture can relieve back pain, increase the range of motion in your joints, and give you grace and presence when you walk into a room. Everything in Pilates relates back to the spine, so good posture is built in to every exercise, even something as simple as a bicep curl.
Reason #3: Balance. Whether stretching out your racket to return a tennis ball or walking down a slippery sidewalk, both require balance. Pilates challenges your center constantly, especially as you graduate from beginner to intermediate moves. Better posture will help prevent a fall and increase your athleticism.
Reason #4: Pilates makes all other sports better. There’s a reason so many professional athletes do Pilates training and consider it their secret weapon. The exercises help their bodies function better when they’re playing. From Olympian dressage riders to baseball pitchers, Pilates helps you perform your other favorite sports better.
Reason #5: Cardio too. Once you get your first few lessons under your belt, you’ll be moving at a pace fast enough to reach cardiovascular levels. Yes, you will be sweating! Although closer to a vigorous walk than the exertion needed for a sprint, Pilates will push your heart rate high enough to help keep it healthy.
Honestly, I could keep going with this list for days. I’ve seen clients blossom on the mats and Reformers, developing confidence, healing themselves, and becoming happier people. It’s one of the reasons why I still teach after all these years.
Thank you for letting me share the benefits of Pilates. If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you get the opportunity to do so soon.
Bio: Lisa Johnson has been a personal trainer since 1997 and a Pilates instructor since 1998. She owns Modern Pilates in Brookline, MA and is an avid blogger at LisaJohnsonFitness.com. She recently started vlogging at YouTube.com/LisaJohnsonFitness.