Benefits of Pilates

 
 

Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. It's more about fitness condition than age. One's chronological number doesn't necessarily limit one's movement capabilities.  

With regular committed Pilates sessions you can expect to:

  •  Improve overall strength, flexibility and balance
  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk
  • Develop deep abdominal muscles to support the core
  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness
  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Promote recovery from strain or injury
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina
  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity
  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

 

Benefits of Small Group & Private Pilates Sessions

There are many different types of Pilates classes available. Mat Pilates or Reformer Pilates classes are commonly offered at a gym or a Pilates center. These classes usually have large numbers and the participants often receive minimal or no correction. Everyone does the same exercises regardless of their age, fitness levels, body types or individual needs. More often than not, they do not know if they are doing the exercises the correct way.

There are several studios in Melbourne that offer small group or private Pilates. These studios use Pilates equipment such as the Trapeze Table, Stability Chair, Reformer, Spine Corrector, High Barrel, Pilates Spring Wall, etc. and other props to provide a complete Pilates experience.

The small group classes these studios offer usually have up to four participants to one instructor. This allows for close supervision and maximum correction. The exercises are often tailored to suit the individual’s specific goals and needs. Participants do not perform the same exercises throughout the entire session. They get the personalised attention and are taught the correct technique to each exercise. Because of the small class sizes, the instructors are able to modify the exercises and adjust the programs on a regular basis.

No two bodies are the same. We all have different needs and goals. We also have different body types, postures and biomechanics. Small group or private Pilates sessions allow you to learn more about your body and what Pilates truly has to offer.

Pilates and Functional Fitness

What is functional fitness?

Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. It is not just for the young and fit. It is for people of all ages and fitness levels. Its ultimate goal is to help you perform activities of daily living with ease and without pain. Daily movement activities may include walking, jogging, running, lifting, bending, twisting, standing, etc.

Many people have desk-bound jobs where they sit for long hours five days a week. Imagine working an average of 48 to 50 weeks per year, and multiply that by the number of years one has been working! Sedentary jobs can cause muscle imbalances, which result in poor posture. All this can lead to bad movement patterns during exercise.

There are functional fitness programs that mimic exercises professional or high-level athletes perform. Such training programs exceed the average person’s physical capabilities and may often lead to an injury. There is nothing functional about sustaining an injury while performing exercises that don’t suit our specific needs.

A great functional fitness training isn’t a one-size-fits-all program. We all have different physiological abilities. We also have different lifestyles and needs. A true functional fitness program should be tailored to suit your daily needs.

How can Pilates help with my functional fitness?

One of the main goals of Pilates is core strengthening and building a strong core is key to functional fitness.

Are you sick of stiff necks, shoulders and back from sitting at your desk? Do you want to be able to lift your child without lower back pain? Are you frustrated that despite committing to your exercise regime you still have a sore back or a recurring injury? If your answer is yes to any of the above, it is time you consider Pilates as part of your life.

At Pilates Bodyworks South Yarra, we assess your posture and movement patterns on a regular basis. We take into consideration your fitness level, daily activities and specific needs. We identify your weaknesses and work towards improving them. Your program is functional to your lifestyle. We don’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all program. In our Small Group Sessions (no more than 4 people), you get close supervision and perform exercises your trainer has planned for you.

The ultimate goal of functional fitness training is to see improvements in your ability to perform your everyday activities, and in your quality of life. Pilates can definitely help you achieve that.

Visit us to learn more about Pilates and our classes.