Our short pilates workout can help introduce you to this wonderful form of core training. Pilates is a total body exercise program that unites the body and mind, to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination. With Pilates, your brain gets just as much of a workout as your body, and by using proper breathing and a strong mind/body connection, as one instructor puts it, Pilates can reverse years of damage and injuries caused by improper alignment, poor posture, repetitive movements, and the stress of day-to-day living.
The focus is in strengthening your “Powerhouse” or core muscles which include the abdominals, back and glutes. With strong and stabilized core participants realize many benefits including reduced back pain and better posture, balance and coordination.
The most common and accessible method of Pilates is done on a mat with modifications to accommodate each person’s fitness level and injuries. There are pieces of Pilates equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Trapeze and Barrel, that provide a whole other experience. Pilates is for everyone – whether you are an athlete, dancer or elderly and frail – give it try!
SINGLE LEG STRETCH
Lying on your mat, drop one straight leg down to a 45 degree angle, bring the other knee into your chest. Put your outside hand on your knee and the other one on your ankle. Breathe in for 2 counts, switch legs and breathe out for two counts, with your head neck and shoulders raised up off the mat. Perform 5 to 10 sets to start.