MAT WORK (MAT-STER CLASS!)
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Mat Work Classes are more widely available than Apparatus Classes as they require less equipment. This variety of Pilates takes place on a mat in a studio. It involves working against gravity and body-weight to hold and maintain a range of positions using strength and stamina. It is extremely popular because of its versatility. Mat work classes are great for beginners to develop a basic level of core stability before progressing on to using more advanced techniques. All you’ll need initially for this form of Pilates is a mat! Classes occasionally incorporate the use of resistance bands and balls.
Everyone! We all need strong core muscles to support out movements.
Our core muscles are the ones that stabilise our pelvis and spine in order to maintain optimum alignment. These stabilising muscles include: the abdominals – transverse abdominis and Internal and external obliques; the gluteals – gluteus maximus and medius (buttocks); the back muscles – multifidus, trapezius and serratus anterior.
It is important that these muscles are functioning properly to support our posture and to facilitate movement. If our deep stabilising muscles are not strong injury can occur. If you work in an office, you will appreciate that sitting for long periods of time, sedatory and confined to a desk will over time have some negative impact on your core and posture. All of which will be improved with the aid of Pilates.
Understanding the benefits to Pilates allows you to realise that it benefits all. It will act as an ideal supplement to any fitness regime by providing good core strength, coordination and aid reaction time whilst maintain suppleness to relieve the strains and aches brought on from many activities. So, from cycling to weightlifting, we can help you improve.
5 REASONS WHY MEN SHOULD DO PILATES
There’s a reason your girlfriend can’t get enough of mat classes – they work! From a stronger core to better sex, here are 5 reasons why Pilates is great for guys, too.
Read the full article here by Jennifer Cohen in Men’s Fitness Magazine by clicking on the link below.
5 REASONS WHY WOMEN SHOULD DO PILATES
Pilates is great for increasing your strength without getting an increase in muscle size. The exercises focus on your posture and alignment and when performing these movements correctly, it will result in a nicely defined body.
Pilates movements are taught nice and slow until your form is perfected. By learning to keep your spine in the right alignment you will aid your core to work more efficiently.
Problems like bladder leakage are the real life issues. A regular Pilates programme will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
What if you are pregnant?
Pilates is a safe and effective way to prepare for becoming pregnant, support the body throughout pregnancy, and aid the recovery process after giving birth. By strengthening the stabilising muscles around your core and spine, you will prepare your body for the oncoming times ahead.
Exercises can be adapted to enable you to stay strong and active, even when day to day activities become too difficult. A well-conditioned body throughout pregnancy will not only aid the recovery process but will make your new daily tasks such as carrying and caring for your child much easier.
Understanding the benefits to Pilates allows us to realise that it benefits all. It will act as an ideal supplement to any fitness regime by providing good core strength, coordination and aid reaction time whilst maintain suppleness to relieve the strains and aches brought on from many activities. So, from cycling to weightlifting, we can help you improve.
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