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What do you know about Pilates?

If you’ve been to one of our classes before lockdown you’ll be fairly well versed but for many it is a bit of an unknown.

So let’s take a deep dive to better understand how it can benefit you, and well, anybody!

During the early part of the 1920s a physical trainer by the name of Joseph Pilates introduced the idea and practice of Pilates into the USA.

He had designed it to be a way to help active people who had suffered injury that inhibited their full range of movement, athletes and dancers mainly. Through Pilates they were able to safely return to exercise, working with and around their injuries, and retain their fitness.

Ever since then Pilates has continually evolved to suit the needs of anybody and everybody, not just professional sports people.

During a Pilates session your muscles are never overworked or pushed close to exhaustion as such there is no sweating or straining like most exercise classes.

All it requires is focus and heightened concentration. Which for most people, not including my kids, this should be fairly easy.

Throughout a typical Pilates session you’ll go through a range of exercise sequences which will be carried out in low repetitions, matt work is also incorporated and certain specialist resistance equipment can also be incorporated.

Pilates varies between aerobic and non-aerobic exercises. This is where the need for focus, concentration and control comes in as you move your body through very precise ranges of motion.

During these positional shifts Pilates stretches out and lengthens all major muscle groups in your body. Each exercise has it’s own unique placement, rhythm and even breathing patterns.

The real beauty of the Pilates method is that it is designed to be tailored to suit the individual and their needs.

Exercises are constantly re-evaluated to make sure they are appropriate for, and providing maximum benefit to, the individual.

As a result of this focus on the individual, as mentioned above, Pilates is for everyone, regardless of whether you are a pro athlete at your peak or a pregnant woman with low levels of fitness.

As you’d imagine there are a huge amount of health benefits associated with Pilates, there are almost too may to mention in one post alone!

For me Pilates is the best low impact, full body workout around, if you’re looking for a
low impact, full body workout that promotes weight loss and better posture then look no further.

Famed for sculpting longer, stronger muscles, Pilates enhances your muscle tone, supports a strong posture, and educates you in how to move gracefully and effortlessly.

The best way to achieve managed weight loss requires you to burn more calories than you consume. As a full-body workout utilising all major muscle groups, Pilates is perfect for aiding in the calorie deficit needed.

Lets have a look at the major health benefits of Pilates and why it’s so good for you;

– Improved range of motion and flexibility
– Enhances spine stabilisation
– Balances muscular strength across the body
– Tones muscles
– Improves balance and physical coordination
– Perfect for rehabilitation from injury and injury prevention
– Increased lung capacity via deep breathing techniques
– Stress management and aids relaxation
– Anyone can do it, any time without really the need for equipment

There are many more as this article suggests, and this is likely still the tip of the lettuce (hehe).

Now that restrictions are easing we are pleased to announce that we will be restarting our AM & PM Pilates classes indoors. All classes adhere to Covid guidelines and all clients will be space at least 2m apart.

AM classes will be held on Wednesday at 10am with another class being held on Friday at 10am. Our PM pop up Pilates classes are held on Tuesdays at 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00.

If you’d like to benefit from our Pilates classes in Oxford then please get in touch to book or ask any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

Until next time 🙂

Stay safe,

Sophie x