If you frequent any social media platform once in a while, you’ve probably seen people raving about Pilates. You may have seen photos of people doing impressive stretches, videos of Pilates exercises, or articles about all the benefits of this exercise method. However, you might still not know what it actually is or if this type of exercise is right for you.
In this article, we’re going to briefly cover what Pilates is, how it works, and whether it could be a good option for you to add to your wellness routine.
Pilates was invented in the early 1920s by Joseph Pilates as a way to aid in rehabilitation. Pilates helps to strengthen the mind-body connection, increase flexibility, boost endurance, and provide excellent core training. Pilates can be performed on a yoga mat, using specialized equipment, such as a Pilates reformer, or even in a chair. No matter where you’re at in age, health condition, weight, or fitness level, Pilates can work for you.
Since Pilates is so customizable and accessible, it really is a wonderful exercise for anyone willing to give it a try. When speaking about Pilates, Cedric Bryant, the president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, says, “It can serve as a bridge back to more normal activity,” following an injury or illness. But Pilates can also be a great way for athletes to gain more core strength and improve their mind-body connection. It’s also a good entry-level workout for people who haven’t been to the gym in a while and are nervous to get back out there.
Here at Fitness By Design, we’re passionate about Pilates and would love to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind exercise method. Simply reach out to us for more information about our programs!