Why a Pilates challenge?!

 WHY A PILATES CHALLENGE?!

As a Certified Pilates instructor & personal trainer, I  have seen great transformations with Pilates, specifically the Pilates reformer. The reformer is a machine that’s been around since the 1900’s. It is a comprehensive workout that utilizes tension of the springs and moving carriage that can be adjusted to different levels of difficulty.

With over 100 potential exercises, it provides better back health, flexibility, core strength, body awareness, as well as additional unique benefits.

SO WHY A PILATES CHALLENGE?

I am challenging you to give the Pilates reformer a try for 1 month!

After commiting for 1 month ask yourself:

  1. Do I want to go back and do I feel happier after the session?
  2. Do I feel more flexible and “ taller” ?
  3. Can I see myself doing pilates in 5 years from now?

Pilates can be done at any age, any level, and adapt to various injuries.

WHY PILATES?

  1. WE SIT TOO MUCH & DON’T GET ENOUGH ROTATION- exercises performed on the reformer work on rolling, twisting, rotating, and  curling which all target your entire torso from your hips to your shoulders. These are often left out of traditional workouts.
  2. YOU HAVE BACK ISSUES, TIGHT HAMSTRINGS, AND HIP FLEXORS- these are all related. The springs and straps of the reformer assist you in moving your body through full range of motion- something you may not be able to do on your own. Studies have shown that participants were 19% more flexible after 20 pilates sessions!
  3. YOU HAVE POOR POSTURE- rounded shoulders, neck pain and tightness. As you become more flexible, it gives you the appearance of looking taller and leaner. You also learn to maintain it day in and day out.
  4. PROFESSIONALS ARE INCORPORATING IT!- whether you are a professional athlete, celebrity or just exercise occasionally it is important to cross train. More and more professional sports teams are incorporating Pilates sessions into their workout routines.
  5. NOT STRENUOUS ON YOUR JOINTS- this is a concern for a lot of clients. Many have knee, hip, shoulder, and/ or back issues. Many exercises on the reformer are performed lying down. As you progress you need to use more of your own strength and coordination to execute various moves. It also helps with endurance, weight loss, and body awareness- and of course in preventing injury.

Certified Pilates instructors are required to have a backround in human anatomy and kinesiology, CPR/AED training and over 30 hours of contact hours and volunteer hours in Pilates classes. Each certification is separate and require approximately 60 hours of combined classroom/ lab education. They must also pass a written exam and on one lab exam with a certified instructor. Most certifications are offered in Canada.

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