What is Pilates?
How It Works
Dust off your mat and get ready to do a series of movements that will stabilize and strengthen your core.
The moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. Pilates is not just a bunch of sit ups; there’s a strong emphasis on technique.
You can do Pilates on an exercise mat, either in a class or watch a home dvd. Or you could go to a gym but why since our beautiful studios have special equipment, highly trained instructors supervising you.
Pilates classes typically take 50 minutes to an hour, but you can do fewer moves in less time.
You’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility. You may also have better posture and a better sense of self.
Plan on doing this workout a few days a week, in addition to cardio, since Pilates isn’t aerobic.
Intensity Level: Medium
It’s demanding, but it’s not the kind of workout that will make you drip sweat. It’s all about concentration and breathing. But you’ll definitely feel it in your muscles during each exercise.
Areas It Targets
Core: Yes. Your core is the main focus of this workout.
Arms: Yes. More if you choose to do equipment than mat.
Legs: Yes. You’ll use your upper legs to help engage your core.
Glutes: Yes. You’ll use your glutes as you work on moves that stabilize your core.
Back: Yes. This workout focuses on stabilizing and strengthening your back as you strengthen your abs.
Flexibility: Yes. The exercises in a Pilates workout will boost your flexibility and joint mobility.
Aerobic: No. This is not a cardio workout. Unless you are doing Jumpboard class.
Strength: Yes. This workout will make your muscles stronger. You’ll use your own body weight instead of weights.
Low-Impact: Yes. You’ll engage your muscles in a strong but gentle way.
What Else You Should Know
Cost: You can do it at home for the cost of a Pilates DVD (about $15). Or you can go to a Pilates class. Expect to pay $40 or more for a private session or $15-$30 for a group session.
Good for beginners? Yes. You can start with basic exercises then try advanced moves as you get better. If you’re starting out, opt for a class or private lessons so an instructor can keep an eye on your form to prevent injury.
Outdoors: No. Expect to go to the gym or be in a room with a TV for this workout.
Equipment required? Yes, you’ll need a mat. Some gyms have special machines for Pilates. You can get a modified version for your home, but you probably should not it is best to use with an instructor.
Adapted from webmd.com