Wellness Wednesday: Pilates: Strengthening from the Inside Out by Kat Spinnler

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When I explain my job to people, I occasionally get a blank stare. “You teach Pilates? Never heard of it.” “It’s a bit like Yoga,” I say, to nods of recognition. “Only with more focus on the core and your posture.”While Yoga has been around for millennia, Pilates is a newer form of exercise, founded by a German physical trainer, Joseph Pilates, in the early to mid 20th century. But what is the focus of the technique and why should you do regular Pilates classes? 

Pilates Class: What to Expect

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When you attend a Pilates session, you will notice a great focus on the abdominals. In comparison to yoga, there is less emphasis on meditation and relaxation and more on training your muscles to achieve a healthy, neutral posture.

Usually, you start the session by working on the lowest muscle layers, especially your Transversus Abdominis, the muscle that keeps your organs in place and your spine in an upright, neutral position. Later on, you work on the larger and more superficial muscles to increase strength. 

Depending on your level and the type of class you attend, your experience will be vastly different. Many gyms offer mat classes with just small props, such as an exercise band, a small ball or a Pilates circle. However, some specialized studios are set up with specific Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer or WundaChair. These large machines provide resistance in the form of metal springs and make your training more diverse. They are especially beneficial for people who are recovering from an injury and need some extra support, or for people who need an extra challenge. 

Why Should I Do Pilates?

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Let’s explore some of the main benefits of taking Pilates classes. The main reason to start is gaining core strength and improving posture. Many people spend a large proportion of their time sitting, working on a computer. This can cause a range of issues, such as back pain, kyphosis (‘hunchback’) and hip problems. When you engage your core and stretch and strengthen your postural muscles regularly, you can prevent many of these conditions later in life. 

Additional benefits include: 

  • Low Impact Rehab: If you are injured and looking to get back into exercise, Pilates could be the way to go for you. It is a low impact type of exercise that strengthens your muscles with low danger of getting re-injured. 
  • Get Better at Your Sport: Whether you are a runner, golfer, soccer player or dancer, Pilates can help you to strengthen and lengthen the appropriate muscles and even out any imbalances your regular sport creates. 
  • Strengthen All Muscle Groups: A good Pilates teacher is very knowledgeable about the body and will make sure to train all muscle groups in every session to help you look and feel better. 
  • Improve You Back Health: Pilates classes include all five positions of your spine: flexion, extension, rotation, side bends and neutral. This helps to keep your spine flexible as well as long. As Joseph Pilates himself said: “If your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.”

You’ve convinced me! How Do I Start? 

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Congratulations! You have done your research, made the leap and are ready to try some classes. If you live in an urban area, there will be plenty of options for you to choose from. Visit some Pilates studios and test the different types of sessions. That way, you can choose one that fits your needs. 

If you don’t want to commit yet or you don’t live near any good studios, you can try classes on Youtube or PilatesAnytime, and if you prefer to train from home long term, there is a great range of live online classes and private online teachers available. 

Have you ever tried a Pilates class? What was your experience like?

About the Author

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Kat is a freelance Pilates instructor, German teacher and book editor in London. Originally from Switzerland, she enjoys long hikes in the English countryside, curling up on the sofa with a good book, and long Walks and Talks with friends. You can find more exercise inspiration on her blog, A Chat with Kat. 

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Website: www.achatwithkat.com
Twitter: @chatwithkatblog

Do you do Pilates? Comment Below!

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Hello, I’m Thuy of honeybunnytwee. I write a Wellness Wednesday guest bloggers series. Send an article or link to a blog post about health and wellness, self-care, fitness, or mental health at honeybunnytwee@gmail.com. Upon review, you’ll have a chance to be featured! I’m always looking for more Wellness Wednesday submissions.

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Kat
Kat
3 months ago

Thanks for the feature! I hope your readers get value out of the post.

caressa walker
caressa walker
3 months ago

My abdominal muscles are so weak after having a kid, so pilates would be a great way to strengthen those muscles.

Sarah E
Sarah E
3 months ago

I always love switching up my exercise routine and folding in pilates is a great way to waken up new areas of my body.

Ben Cross
Ben Cross
3 months ago

Thanks for the article! I have heard a lot about the benefits of pilates, and would certainly like to give it a try in the future!

Renata
Renata
3 months ago

I have never done anything like yoga or pilates but I do think it can be very good for people 🙂

sumit walia
sumit walia
3 months ago

Pilates, will it strengthen my knee muscles and ligaments. I am sorely tempted to try it

Eswari
Eswari
3 months ago

I’m going to add this to my routine.Thanks for sharing.

Monidipa
Monidipa
3 months ago

Wow, Kat had provided many good informations about pilates. I never knew that it had so many benefits.

Tracy @ Cleland Clan
Tracy @ Cleland Clan
3 months ago

I didn’t know the difference, so this was really informative. Pilates sounds like a great form of exercise.

Cherry | It's All Cherry
Cherry | It's All Cherry
3 months ago

I didn’t know it helps with posture and abdominal muscles. I think I’ll check out some youtube videos to try this afternoon. Thank you!

Elizabeth O
Elizabeth O
3 months ago

I have heard a good thing about pilates routine before and its so interesting to try.

The Travel Bug Bite
The Travel Bug Bite
3 months ago

I have always wanted to try pilates but I feel like I need to be in better shape before I do. Maybe I’ll finally stop making excuses and I’ll go try it once gyms reopen. Thanks for sharing and helping people get healthier!

nina
nina
3 months ago

I definitely need to strengthen certain parts of my body, alot of people have recommended me to work on it via different exercises

Lavern Moore
Lavern Moore
3 months ago

These are some great tips for how to stay motivated and inspired when strengthening from the inside out

Marta Skeledžija
Marta Skeledžija
3 months ago

I always love switching up my exercise routine so adding pilates in to the mix would be great

aisasami
aisasami
3 months ago

Thanks for introducing to us about Pilates  with Kat Spinnler. It is interesting how Pilates inspires her life.

Helen Delevingne
Helen Delevingne
2 months ago

I have been practicing pilates for approximately seven years now and I love it.
Your blog was both descriptive and insightful. Thank you for sharing. Keep writing .