WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PILATES?

Pilates has many benefits which include:

• Improved posture.

• Strengthened and toned muscles without added bulk.

• Increased flexibility and muscle control.

• Improved alignment, coordination, and balance.

• Increased lung capacity.

• Uniformly developed muscles.

• Improved range of motion.

• Improved body awareness.

• A more balanced body preventing muscle and soft tissue injury.

• Most forms of exercise also have mental health benefits. In addition to helping you sleep better and have increased energy, benefits of Pilates include stress release and improved mood.

IMPROVE YOUR GAME WHEN YOU CROSS-TRAIN WITH PILATES

Pilates exercises are oriented towards functional fitness, meaning that Pilates teaches you to move better in general, which enhances your overall performance. Pilates is an extremely effective and safe way to cross-train for all sports and activities. Pilates helps to improve core strength, muscle balance, posture, stability, strength and flexibility. Sessions can be tailored to your individual athletic needs and goals.

Here’s how you can take your game to the next level when you Cross-Train with Pilates

BUILDS CORE STRENGTH

In Pilates, your instructor helps you train not only your major muscle group but also the deep intrinsic stabilizing muscles of the pelvis, abdomen and back that help these major muscles work more efficiently. Runners and hikers can power forward from their core so that their legs do not fatigue as quickly. Golfers learn how to use their obliques muscles to rotate the torso more efficiently on their swing.

FIXES MUSCLE IMBALANCES

When training for a specific sport, the body develops muscle imbalances due to certain repetitive movements. Pilates focuses on balancing opposing muscle groups by strengthening those that are weak and stretching those that are tight for optimal results. This increases both your flexibility and your strength.

IMPROVES BODY AWARENESS

Improve Your Game when you Cross-Train with Pilates. Increasing your body awareness will clue you in to what bad habits you may have gotten into as you have trained. Fine tuning your posture can make all the difference in the world. A full postural analysis is assessed by your Instructor while you are moving throughout the session, helping you to feel muscles activate that you never knew existed before!

REDUCES INJURY RISKS

Learning how to strengthen and stabilize hip and shoulder joints makes you more powerful and more resistant to injury. The unique adjustable springs on Pilates equipment provide resistance as the muscles contract, so there’s minimal stress on joints, ligaments & tendons. Pilates helps you rehabilitate old injuries and helps prevent you from acquiring new ones.

TEACHES PROPER BREATHING

Breathing properly gives the blood pumping through your body the oxygen it needs to improve the precision of your movements. Using thoracic breathing, which encourages you to breathe not just from the belly, but to allow the entire rib cage to fill up as you inhale, expanding the sides and back, will help build endurance. When you exhale in a way that connects your breath to your core, you will build more strength from within.

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INSPIRATION FOR A NEW YOU

Julie hasn’t always enjoyed being fit all of her life, in fact, she was always the fat kid picked last for kick ball. She thought she had no athletic ability until she found Mind+Body Fitness. It changed her life, transformed her physique. She has lost 155 pounds as a result of the lightbulb moments found on the mat.

A chronic ongoing shoulder injury led her to set her sights on Pilates for herself. She loves watching “the work” of Joseph Pilates take effect on her clients.

Based in Bemidji, Minnesota, Yoga & Pilates by Julie is a product of determination and desire to help others realize the benefits of Pilates.

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. It is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s

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