Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pilates and YOU

Pilates, a program designed by Joseph Pilates, has been in existence since the 1920s and for years has been heavily utilized by athletes, actors and dancers. It wasn’t until recent years however that it gained celebrity status, exploding in popularity throughout the united states.
Pilates is a form of exercise that works to strengthen the core, using it to control the body through its movements.
To all you ladies looking to get sexy for your sports illustrated bikini shoots, adding pilates to your weight training and cardio regimen may not be a bad idea. It works to lengthen and stretch muscles, promoting strength, tone and firmness without making muscles bulky.
It is also widely used therapeutically as it is great for injury prevention. The strengthening and stabilization affect that pilates has on your muscles may very well save you some day from a back strain incurred by a sudden turn or fall. Every day life puts a lot of stress on the body. Small things like a lack of arch support, posture, and muscular imbalance may contribute to misalignment, one contributor to back pain. Continual participation in pilates-type exercises over time has proven to help overall realignment, thus ameliorating the resulting problems.
Athletes use it because it helps to develop balance, stability and flexibility. If your sport (dancing , rowing, etc) requires you to maintain a certain level of fitness, pilates may be something that facilitates your endeavors and attempts at blowing through your competition.
For many , pilates is also used as an outlet for stress and mental fatigue. It is a relatively slow and calming toning program which heavily involves mind/ body awareness.
Being a chrisfit member, you have the opportunity to take advantage of this class. Next time you find yourself compelled to check out one of top celebrity workout trends in the United States, check to see if any of our classes coincide with your availability. It can’t hurt to try. After all, it is absolutely FREE.

Classes are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30, and Sunday mornings at 9:00

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