How Pilates Works


pilates machine Pilates works to build your body from within, focusing on concentration, control, centering, efficiency of movement, precision and breathing.  The inventor of Pilates, Joseph Pilates believed that the modern life style was causing a weakening of core muscle causing postural issues. He developed a method which he named Contrology, what we now refer to as Pilates. His idea of the modern lifestyle did not include television, computers, or smartphones, you could only imagine what he would think of modern technologies impact on posture over the past 50 years. When you first take a Pilates class you won’t suddenly end up in a pool of sweat dazed, and sore. You’re taught through various techniques how to move from your center, what they call your Powerhouse. Your Powerhouse is made up of the muscles that attach to your trunk. For example your abs are part of your powerhouse, but your calves are not. Pilates teaches that every movement must originate from the power house, and have purpose. This requires great attention to detail and noticing the subtleties in all of your movements. You are taught to become more efficient and not waste energy engaging unnecessary muscles. Every hour we spend seated, using our mobile or tablet devices we are over activating our neck and shoulder muscles. These muscles are then unnecessarily over recruited when we try to perform other movements. Over time this leads to a weakening of the core and imbalances in the body Think of how many times you feel your shoulders shrugged up or rounded forward. An upright posture with your shoulders back looks and seems so militant, but really that’s how we all should stand naturally.

This Is How Pilates Works To Change Your Body

Pilates will lead to a more balanced physique. Pilates works all the muscles of the body, from the crown of your head to the tip of your toe no joint or muscle goes unused. Most traditional core exercises focus on training the trunk to flex, as in performing a crunch, exercises. This mainly works the Rectus abdominous muscle. Beneath your rectus abdomious lay the transverse abdominous  muscle. which is very important for stability of the trunk and functional movement. Many adults have difficulty activating this muscle due to a sedentary lifestyle. Pilates will strengthen your core especially your transverse amdominous with challenging positions, poses and movements. Pilates builds long and lean muscles with good endurance and functional ability. There is no mindless strengthening in Pilates, only increased muscle fuction. The strength you build in your core through Pilates will carry over into other activities. You may notice you run faster, sprint longer, you’re quicker jumping and playing sports or just feel a little stronger while doing yoga. One of the main focuses of pilates is tightening the trunk and stomach muscles from within. This is great for working your midsection. You are taught to tighen and pull certain muscles inward toning the abdomen. Pilates will make you aware of your body and how it is affected while you’re using it. — Whether Pilates is the right exercise for you or not, make sure you have enough movement in your life. One simple way to track your exercise habits is by adding Exercise to your Lift account. If you don’t already have Lift, make sure to download it on either iTunes or Google Play.