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Why Pilates?

Why Pilates?

We have all heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at different levels of fitness, who have started doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of movement, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength and decreases in back, neck and joint pain.

Having qualified as a Pilates instructor to the advanced level I can see those changes happening within my own classes and that is extremely satisfying!

Functional fitness is a fairly new craze that has hit the industry and yet that is the foundation of Pilates.  No changes needed there then!

Body Awareness

Pilates is a voyage of discovery in body awareness. Your shape and posture can change by educating you in daily life skills such as pulling in your tummy and drawing  your shoulders down throughout the day. There is an attention required during class that changes your awareness and continues even after class.

Personal understanding of how you sit, stand or how you move and being able to relate those habits to the aches and pains and injuries you have or have had in the past is one of the greatest benefits.

Despite it being largely common sense, a lot of what we do is so habitual that we become unaware of how our daily lives affect us.  Weakness of the postural muscles is a prime example of this. Even those who exercise often don’t use their core muscles and rely on their extremities. This can be witnessed most often in the gym environment.

We are taught in Pilates to think of our bodies as a tree. Does it have all its strength in its limbs? No. The tree is only as strong as its trunk and roots. Without a strong trunk, the tree would topple over.

“It’s the same for human bodies.  If we don’t concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core, we’ll end up with an imbalance in our muscles, some compensating for others and doing work they were never designed to do.  This leaves us susceptible to  injury  and at the mercy of our occupations.  Mine is one of the few that will avoid this problem!

A Stronger Core

A stronger core is more useful, a flexible muscle is a strong muscle.  If you are looking for ‘flat abs’ then you are actually looking for weight loss.  One should not be confused with the other. Abdominal strength and core support give the benefits of a healthy back and body.

As you develop better body awareness, stand straighter and become more flexible so your shape will change.  You will still have the same body but one that you are appreciating and feeling confident about.

Of course Pilates is not suitable for everyone and just as with any new exercise programme medical advice should be sought if there is an existing injury or medical condition.

If you have read this, found it interesting and would like more information, please get in touch.

About the Author

Having been involved in fitness all my life but never being competitive, I was fascinated to learn how simple it is to stay in shape without entering the world of the gym fanatic or elite athlete.​ So after 17 years managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me an even greater sense of achievement and job satisfaction.

​I studied the mechanics of exercise versus shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see a change in their shape.

I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum and it is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training.

I now work from home and run my classes at Steves Gym in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and apart from loving my work I now also get to spend valuable time with my family.​.

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