Many people who do Pilates agree that it is more than just a workout. Yes, after a few months you’ll notice your figure being more defined, but Pilates also helps clear people’s minds, teach self-discipline and improve focus. It is also amazing for sports training because it compliments weight lifting and builds core and stabilizer muscle strength. Pilates is also great exercise for rehabilitation after surgery, and does wonders for chronic joint pain.
Here are 5 essential benefits you’ll begin to notice once you partake in some Pilates:
- Increased Balance
Pilates works a lot of your slow twitch and stabilizer muscles that weight training doesn’t really work out very well. These muscles not only improve your overall weight training performance, but they improve your balance as well. Powerful muscles are what every athlete works hard for, but what good are those if you’re a lumbering oaf? Improving your balance is a positive for any athletic pursuit.
- Body Awareness
Body awareness goes hand in hand with balance. Improving your balance and strengthening the slow twitch and stabilizer muscles that support your larger muscle groups effectively improves your posture as well. It keeps you from postural deviations that lead to injuries caused by over- and under-developed muscles that pull on each other. Enhanced body control and awareness allows you to focus on different aspects of your sport of choice, making you look more natural and feel at ease about your athletic abilities.
- Prevents Injury
As the saying goes, so is it true with your overall fitness: you’re only as strong as your weakest link. Pilates is an overall body workout that has you working muscles in unison. It doesn’t isolate individual muscles groups, but rather strengthens your entire physique while engaging the most important part of your body: your core.
- Core Strength
There aren’t very many exercises out there that work your core as hard as Pilates. Any athlete who has his fitness dialed in will tell you, it all starts with your core. No matter what your sport is or what muscle groups are used most often, your core is where all of your power is derived from. Plus, a strong core helps prevent injuries, especially lower-back ailments.
- Muscle Definition
So you want to get in better shape, but don’t want bulky muscles commonly associated with weight lifting? If this sounds like you, than Pilates is exactly the workout you’ve been looking for. Pilates doesn’t focus on singular muscle groups, or what I like to call mirror muscles, but rather works the entire body. It builds strong yet compact muscles that are just as toned as any body builders minus that awkward bulkiness. And though Pilates is popular amongst women, it is a great exercise for men who are looking for improved muscle definition.