How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?
Just like any other form of exercising, a simple run, strength training at the gym, or classic Pilates and yoga, staying healthy and exercising has been a huge part of society for generations.
But how can Pilates help you more than anything else?
What advantage does Pilates have over everything else?
Are you doing the right exercise for your body? How can you tell?
Pilates is an extremely dynamic workout, and can be less aggressive than the likes of HIIT training, Yoga and other high impact activities like running.
Quick disclaimer: We are not demising these in any way, we are simply applying years of experience and knowledge towards our opinion on the safest and most practical form of exercise for you.
Most forms of exercise look to build the body’s big muscles, Pilates exercises work more to strengthen the weaker smaller ones too.
These are more important than the big ones in a lot of ways.
Okay, so here’s what Pilates actually does for you
Pilates helps you achieve a better posture by strengthening the centre of the body (the core and glutes).
This helps to support your lower back, helping you to stand straight and hold your upper body correctly.
Whereas many kinds of exercise aim only to raise your general fitness, our instructors are able to isolate and strengthen a specific muscle or tackle a particular problem with a rare precision.
Whereas other forms of exercise often cause injuries, our Pilates exercises not only help injuries but are themselves so controlled and low-impact that they are extremely safe.
What’s more, the awareness of your body that they develop enables you to avoid the same injuries or problems recurring in the future.
Whereas other forms of exercise promise ‘no gain without pain’, Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which produces a healthy, toned, mobile body and calm, relaxed mind – and so proves the existence of gain without pain.
But I’ve heard someone else say this isn’t true? How can I trust what you say?
The truth is, there is always going to be a lot of conflicting information from sources all over the internet.
And yes, we are more biased towards Pilates being the solution to many things. People will disagree, and that’s OKAY.
What’s very important to remember is that our information comes from years of training and experience in both the fitness and medical worlds.
We’re pretty sure of what we say, but at the end of the day it all comes down to what you enjoy.
You don’t like doing Pilates? That’s okay, but be aware that the principles of Pilates are carried out in EVERY other form of exercise – just because you may not like Pilates doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.
This is something that not one fitness professional in this industry can deny.
The principles of Pilates are fundamental to our physical health. How you practice these fundamentals is entirely up to you.