There’s always a new fitness fad everyone is talking about, but some never go out of style—like Pilates. Founded by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s for those whose work or art form required superior fitness and control, his namesake fitness routine is now easily accessible to the everyday individual. All you need is a yoga mat and a few accessories.
Why Does Pilates Work?
Pilates works by engaging major, secondary, and even the teeny-tiny connected muscles you never think twice about. While you might be familiar with some of your primary and secondary muscle groups, muscles are an intricate system of connection. For example, when your lower back is sore, stretching your hamstrings often alleviates much of the soreness. Why? Because the muscles in your lower back are woven and connected to your lower back. If your hip muscles are tight, you may feel it in your neck; and so on.
Will You Really Have A New Body In 30 Sessions?
One of Joseph Pilates’ most popular quotes is,
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference,
and in 30 you’ll have new body!”
Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! It strengthens your core, improve postures, balance, and strengthens while improving flexibility. Mix it in 1 or 2 days a week, and work your way up to 3 to 5.
What Kind Of Pilates?
The DVDs by Ana Cabán are my personal favorites, but look for a nearby Pilates studio or online instructor that offers enough variation so you remain challenged, but won’t get bored.