What is Pilates and why should I do it?
It’s a simple question with a simple answer. Developed by Joseph Pilates, this method of training is also aptly named “Contrology” since it revolves around conditioning your body. Putting emphasis on correct alignment, improving posture, stability and developing core strength. Pilates can help you take charge of your body, correct muscular imbalances and help you toward an injury free future!
How does Pilates differ from other forms of exercise like a gym workout?
We all know muscles perform and control your movements. We experience this daily as we move through life. It all starts with the kinds of muscles involved; the moving muscles and the stabilising muscles.
The moving muscles are the larger, usually superficial set. Their job is to provide you with strength and power to move. They often require more energy and are the muscles you usually notice a change of growth or tone in. Some examples are your pecs, traps, lats, rectus abdominus (six pack) and gluteus maximus. Think of these muscles as your mansion with a tennis court.
The stabilising muscles are usually smaller and deeper, located underneath the moving muscles. Examples of these are your rotator cuff, deep gluteal muscles, spinal muscles, and your core muscles. Their job is more about controlling your movement and stabilising your joints. Because they are smaller it is often more difficult to feel if they are working. These muscles are the foundation your mansion is built on.
If the moving muscles are weak or not activating properly, then we lose our strength and power. If the stabilising muscles are weak or not activating properly, movements become less stable and controlled. Either of these scenarios can increase the risk of injury.
Clinical Pilates focuses on strengthening your stabilising muscles, allowing your mansion to be built on a healthy foundation and setting you up for a long, happy life in the house you’ve worked hard to build!
What to expect from your workout
Pilates is safe and suitable for all ages and conditions. Pilates never works the muscles to exhaustion, so there is generally no sweating or straining. Instead, this system focuses on the mind muscle connection, working the joints through a correct range of movement, precision and flexibility.
Most people associate Pilates with stretching or exercises heavily focused on the core. While your core is a very important group of muscles, Pilates assists with a lot more. Pilates is primarily aimed at improving joint stability, balance and mobility. Once this is achieved, the moving muscles become active and produce more strength and power.
Initially Pilates can be challenging, not because of feeling fatigued but due to the demand for coordination and control needed to activate your stabilising muscles. For example, learning to lie on your back and lift one leg without moving your pelvis or the lower back can be trickier than it sounds when done correctly.
In our Pilates classes, we use a mixture of reformer machines, wunda chair, trap table, swiss balls, rollers, and ground exercises. The goal is to provide you with exercises specifically tailored to your diagnosis to help relieve pain and facilitate movement.
Essentially, Pilates teaches you the foundations of how to move, and this will carry over into your daily routine, gym workouts and even sport.
Think of it as training for life!
Are your Pilates Classes Near Me?
We are located at 76 Enoggera Road, Newmarket and service suburbs around Newmarket, Wilson, Windsor, Grange, Alderley, Ashgrove, Kelvin Grove, Red Hill and Stafford.
There is undercover parking available.