Pilates is a total workout that stretches, strengthens and balances the body. While Pilates is famous for its core-tightening exercises and gravity-defying poses, Pilates also offers a variety of other physical benefits, including:
- Improved muscle tone and lean muscle mass
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
- Minimal joint stress
- Awareness of breath and form
- Improved balance
Pilates for Injuries
When run in tandem with physical therapy programs, Pilates is a great method for injury recovery. However, it is important to consult with your doctor or physical therapist before starting a Pilates program.
Pilates is great for easing:
- Back pain – Pilates requires you to carefully engage your abdominals, which is proven to decompress the spine and reduce disc pressure.
- Knee pain – Pilates focuses on strengthening the muscle imbalances that often lead to knee pain and injuries. A carefully regimented Pilates program can ease knee pain while targeting weaker muscle groups to restore your knees to full function.
Pilates for Weight Loss
Abs might be made in the kitchen, but they can also be made on the reformer. Pilates is a wonderful compliment to nutrition and cardio, which can lead to weight loss. Consult with a registered dietician regarding proper caloric intake for your body and fitness goals.
Pilates assists weight loss by:
- Building lean muscle mass, leading to increased metabolic rates
- Toning muscles through your midsection and thighs to help you shed inches
- Building postural strength, which improves cardio and resistance exercises
Pilates for Athletes
Athletes across the NHL, NBA, NFL, PGA and more have used Pilates for its cross-conditioning benefits. The emphasis on proper breathing and spinal alignment keeps athletes in tune with every part of their body, maximizing game-day performance.
Pilates benefits for athletes include:
- Reduced risk of injury
- Faster recovery times
- Improved overall performance
- Essential core strength
During her time teaching Pilates, Donna has worked with runners, professional hockey players, golfers and football players.