The Benefits of Deep Breathing in Pilates Exercise

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

Deep breathing is an essential part of Pilates exercise. And not just a big inhale, but also when you make a conscious effort to exhale fully, getting rid of every bit of stale air and allowing fresh, invigorating air to rush in. Joseph Pilates was adamant about deep breathing. Consider this quote from his book Return to Life Through Contrology: “Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs.” Is […]

Why You — Yes, You — and Everyone Else Need to Be Doing Pilates

Article by Dominique Astorino | Found on Popsugar.com

There are so many workouts we love, but one in particular offers a bevy of benefits that are absolutely invaluable: Pilates. Honestly, everyone can benefit from doing it, and we’re not exaggerating. Addicted to group fitness? This needs to be part of your routine. Never had a personal training session? Get to a Pilates studio. Injury? Jump on that reformer.

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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How Pilates Works to Get You in Great Shape

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

To get in shape with Pilates is to take responsibility for your total health. Far from just physical fitness, the Pilates system was defined by its founder Joseph Pilates, a complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Yes, you can expect tone, strength, flexibility and flat abs of course. You can even lose weight with Pilates but the primary goal and intention of the method is much bigger.

 Before you jump into a class or one on one training session, you should understand some of the underlying concepts and principles of Pilates. ​

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What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercise?

BY  ANDREA CESPEDES | Featured on LiveStrong

You’d probably recognize the Pilates reformer even if you’ve never used one. It’s a hulking machine that consists of a sliding carriage rigged with springs, bars and straps. On this apparatus, you lie, kneel, stand and sit to create a balanced body and strong core — or “powerhouse,” as creator Joseph Pilates called it.

The reformer may look like another fitness fad, but it’s endured since the early 1900s, when Pilates first cobbled a version together for bedridden patients to exercise, despite their illnesses. The reformer kicks up the positives a […]

This Common Mistake Can Ruin Your Barre and Pilates Workouts

Article by Anthea Levi | Found on Health.com

If you’ve ever taken a barre or Pilates class, you know how tough the toning workouts can be. They’re famous for micro-movements that target many of the smaller muscles we don’t often use in our everyday lives. The payoff includes a lifted butt, lean legs, and strong arms—that is, if you’re doing the exercises correctly.

“I’ve met students taking five barre classes a week who still have weak glutes and hamstrings, and a very sore lower back,” says Julie Erickson, a Boston-based Pilates instructor. The reason? They’re tucking their pelvis.

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The Muscles I Discovered When I Started Practicing Pilates

Article by Alyssa Sparacino | Found on FitnessMagazine

As a health and fitness editor and certified personal trainer, it’s fair to say I’m pretty attuned to my body. For example, the piriformis on my right is perpetually tight and I have a tendency toward quad dominance that I’m working to fix. But enough with the science-y sounding stuff—you get the point. I thought I had a pretty good handle on what that ache was, or what this move worked. But one foot on the Pilates reformer and I was quickly reminded just how much more there is to learn.

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Here Are the Health Benefits of Pilates

Article by Markham Heid | Found on Time

People who dance are easy to spot, even offstage. “They’re very aware of their body’s position in space, and they move almost like cats,” says Marie-Louise Bird, a Pilates researcher and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. “But most of us are more like puppy dogs, moving without much attention paid to our posture.”

Luckily, the puppy dogs among us don’t have to go to dance school to get better body awareness. They can just do Pilates.

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Top 10 Tips for Pilates Beginners

Article Found on Realbuzz

If you are just starting out in Pilates or thinking of getting started, here are our top 10 tips for Pilates beginners – everything the Pilates novice needs to know. Find a Pilates teacher and really get the basic principles

First things first: try to find a good teacher in your local area. Get in contact with the Pilates Foundation and join a beginner’s class. An experienced teacher is essential to help you get a proper introduction to the subtleties of Pilates. They can show you effectively what each exercise looks and feels like, and can respond […]

12 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Pilates for Your Peace of Mind

Article Found on PilatesBridge

Pilates is more than just a workout. Any person who’s been doing it for at least a couple of months knows that Pilates doesn’t only sculpt your body but it also clears your mind and gives you energy and inner serenity. But what is so special about Pilates?

After practicing Pilates for 5 years and teaching it for 3 years I’ve seen changes in my body and mind as well as observed the same transformations in my clients. Most people come to a Pilates class to get a flat tummy, ease joint pains and discomforts, rehabilitate […]