The Benefits of Pilates

15 January 2016

Most of you will have heard of Pilates, but are you really clued up about it? You may have some understanding of the practice, the words ‘mats’ and ‘balance’ and ‘core strength’ springing to mind. But for a more in-depth exploration of what Pilates is, what it does and whether you can benefit from it, read on!

Where Pilates All Started 

Pilates may seem like a relatively recent craze, but it was actually first developed a whole century ago! Joseph Pilates was the German-born founding father who brought his method to the US when he immigrated there in the 1920s. From his New York Studio, Pilates spent decades teaching his unique brand of fitness to the health-conscious locals.

It’s been said that Pilates had come to believe that the “modern” lifestyle bred bad posture, inefficient breathing and poor health. We wonder what he’d make of us today, constantly hunched over our computer screens!

With this in mind, Pilates developed a practise with core strength, breathing and control as its focus. Pilates is also defined by the use of mats and “apparatus” – unlike yoga, which can be practised directly on the floor, Pilates should be carried out on mats. There are various other products and pieces of equipment designed to support and enhance your Pilates training, and available at Think Sport.

At Its Core

Pilates exercises are designed to strengthen your body in an even way, with emphasis on core muscles. This can have a number of benefits, not only improving your general fitness but also your balance, posture and coordination. 

There are various products available to aid with this. Pilates bands, like the Sissel Pilates Band, not only support your posture but enhance your strength by providing resistance. This helps you get the most out of your workout and really feel your core muscles start to build.  

Feeling Tense?

Pilates believed that physical and mental well-being were closely connected. That makes sense to us – when you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside! With endorphins pumping, we all feel pretty positive after a good workout. 

With evidence suggesting that the exercises can alleviate non-specific lower back pain, and many a Pilates convert crediting the exercise for a more stress-free outlook, this easy-going, highly effective work-out is suitable for athletes from every walk of life. Even those who are injured can find Pilates is an excellent choice for rehabilitation, and with Rollers helping to align and support your body, the exercises don't push you too hard, too soon. There are a number of rollers available at Think Sport, with varying levels of resistance. 

Suitable For All

Unlike other methods of training which may rely on your ability and age, Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and fitness levels. As a low-impact form of exercise, injuries are also uncommon. With apparatus that can support beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as equipment which can provide resistance for those looking to challenge their body, it truly is an inclusive practise.

Take a look at the range of Pilates Equipment on Think Sport for mats, rollers and blocks that can help you perfect Pilates!