What is Pilates good for?
What positive effects does Pilates have on you?
With regular and correct Pilates training, you can count on the following results: Strong body center, tight and lean muscles, improved posture, more graceful movement, improved body awareness, more balance, increased performance in other fitness or sports
How to strengthen your body center with Pilates
Every Pilates exercise targets the pelvic floor, abdominal and back muscles. The different muscle layers are trained from the inside out. In order to learn as a non-professional, i.e. as a normal customer, which deep muscles exist and how to activate them, every professional Pilates class starts with an isometric tension exercise for the pelvic floor, the deep abdominal muscles (transversus abdominis) and the deep ones Back muscles (multifidus). Before starting any actual movement, the “Pilates muscles”, which are close to the spine, must first be actively tensed. Only then does the movement control begin, which now trains both the deep and the superficial muscle layers. This strengthens the “powerhouse” and protects the back from injuries. In addition, tensions are released because superficial muscle areas that have mistakenly assumed stabilizing functions can finally let go and the stabilization task is left to the strengthened deep muscles.
Firm and lean muscles
In contrast to strength sports, this method is not about promoting muscle size, but rather about creating fit and functional muscles. With the classic Pilates floor exercises, the resistance during training is not caused by weights, but by your own body weight and gravity. The movements often create an interplay of concentric and eccentric muscle contraction. The eccentric contraction in particular causes the muscle to lengthen again after it has been shortened. This creates an aesthetic, well-formed body with slim, fit muscles.
In every professional Pilates class, all spinal movements are performed: flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation. The articulation of the spine also plays a major role - the movement of the vertebrae towards one another. This mobilization creates the basis for improving posture. Because postural weaknesses such as hunched back or hollow back are first loosened by mobilization, so that the muscles can then be strengthened correctively in the next step for the purpose of improving posture.
More graceful way of moving
In Pilates, all movements are soft and flowing. The transition from one exercise to the next is also carried out as smoothly as possible. Jerk or swing should be avoided as far as possible. The beautiful movement sequences learned in training are also carried over into everyday life and thus promote grace and charisma.
Improved body awareness
With Pilates you also challenge and promote your gray matter. The training makes you “body-smart”. Because the movements are not reflexive or automatic, but are consciously executed and contain many coordinative elements. In this way, the nerve cells and lines also experience incentives to survive or to regenerate. You perceive the improved functioning of the nervous system as a new, intense body feeling.
Concentrating on your own body and the movement sequences in the exercises allows you to flow well during training. During this time, the worries of everyday life rest. Body and mind can ideally regenerate. As a result, you will feel fresh and relaxed after your Pilates workout.
Increased performance in other fitness or sports
Pilates is often used as a complementary training by competitive athletes. The improved core strength and stability as well as the more conscious use of breathing help in every other sport. Even popular athletes such as cyclists, joggers, tennis players and golfers report improvements in their specific sport since they started training Pilates. The special Pilates programs that are developed and used for the various sports are particularly effective. The sport is analyzed in its movement processes and it is defined which areas of the body are particularly stressed in terms of flexibility or strength. The appropriate Pilates exercises and modifications are then selected for precisely these areas.
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