The lowdown on Pilates and why I love it
Updated: Aug 19, 2019
Here’s my introduction to Pilates:
1. Pilates is all about core strength – working on the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job right, they work with other muscles in your trunk to support the spine and movement. Pilates can really help people with back problems by stabilising the trunk and relieving pressure on the back.
2. Centre, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision and Concentration – it’s all about quality, not quantity in Pilates, using these six key ingredients. We don’t do lots of repetition for each move but we concentrate on doing each exercise precisely and fully, which produces better results in a shorter time.
3. A unique and complete way to exercise – other types of exercise such as weight training can put too much strain on certain areas and even swimming and running can feel too focussed on legs and arms. By working on your core, Pilates really complements other exercise types and will help you improve strength in your arms and legs too.
4. No equipment, just a mat – Pilates is mostly done on the floor so a mat or towel is required. Some advanced classes use equipment to increase the resistance from your body weight but this isn’t necessary at first.
5. Non-aerobic exercise – just because Pilates isn’t an aerobic, cardio exercise programme, don’t be tricked into thinking it’s easy or not demanding! The workout is low-impact but makes you stronger by engaging your muscles in a gentle way, using your body weight to boost your flexibility and joint mobility.
Find out more about our classes here Tempted, but nervous about committing to a class? Does your work or family schedule mean that you’re struggling to fit in an exercise class?
Worry not! I have the answer with my top Pilates worksheets that you can print out and work through at a convenient time at home!
Each worksheet has 10 Pilates exercises to complete (all together or split into sections) and I’ve even included pictures of me and visualisation tips to help you as you go along. Fancy a go?
Download the worksheets from my website: www.gemmapearcefitness.co.uk/online-workouts