Top 10 Reasons Why Pilates is Good for You

We all know Pilates is a great form of exercise which gives a lean and mean body, so what are you waiting for? Here is a list of the the top ten reasons why Pilates rocks, so no more excuses!

  1. Pilates doesn’t over develop some parts of the body and neglect others. It also promotes strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. So basically it’s an all over work out and not specialised to a specific area like some other forms of exercise.
  2. Pilates is for everyone! Whether you’re a seasoned gym pro or just getting back into shape, you can take it at your own pace and build up to more advanced Pilates’ exercises as you become more confident.
  3. One of the huge advantages of Pilates as opposed to other forms of exercise is that it builds strength without bulk, which is a common complaint of some women when it comes to weight training. The results of a regular Pilates regime are long, lean muscles – what’s not to love!
  4. Another tick in the pros column is that Pilates improves flexibility. A common misconception is that yoga is one of the only ways to significantly improve flexibility, but Pilates can be just as effective.
  5. One of Pilates’ biggest USP’s is that it develops core strength. The core muscles are: the deep muscles of the back, stomach and pelvic floor. These muscles are important for good posture so if they are well developed it means that the neck and shoulders can relax.  Also,  good core strength means we’re closer to a flat stomach!
  6. As an extension of the point above, Pilates improves posture due to correct alignment supported by a strong core. That means no more slouching!
  7. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving which in turn stimulates the muscles and spine thus increasing energy.
  8. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports good posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit. AND they will make you look leaner and promote weight loss.
  9. The creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates believed that this form of exercising was “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” This is one of the secrets of Pilates exercise: each movement is practiced with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise.
  10. And our final reason why Pilates is good for you – it’s just as effective and less sweaty than a jog for improving overall fitness levels!

If you aren’t a convert yet, check out our fantastic Target Pilates class in action here and our Pilates for Conditions class here and who knows, you may well become one!