Why Pilates?


Why Pilates?

When you start Pilates at Jean Marie Fitness & Pilates Studio we will give you a safe Pilates workout that best suits your body now.  As your conditioning improves, and only when your body is ready,  we will increase the intensity level of your exercise.    Call us to learn more about our Pilates programs and to book your 1st workout!

Pilates is a low-impact exercise program that is perfect for every fitness level and a great way to balance out all that exercise that you're doing like weight lifting, spinning, rowing, kickboxing, and elliptical training at the gym.  It's a great  program for golfers, dancers, skaters and athletes.  Pilates is not just for the rich and famous, but for people of all walks of life. If you don't have access to Pilates equipment like we have at our studio, you can do Pilates at home on the mat!

Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's.  A German born immigrant, Joe Pilates came to New York in 1926 and taught his method of exercise up until his death in 1967 at the age of 87.  Joe Pilates' students began opening their own Pilates studios as early as the 30's and 40's, and today Pilates continues to be the number one mind-body workout due to the fact that it will make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body!

By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentrating on smooth, flowing movement, you become intentional with the way your body moves and actually learn how to control its movement. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.  There are numerous benefits of Pilates, but we'd like to bring your attention to just a few of them!

A Few Pilates Benefits Include:

Develops a stronger core and back

You will develop a strong "core," or center of the body with Pilates. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. 

Creates flat abs & a smaller waistline

Pilates exercise focuses on pulling the abs (belly) in and up, which strengthens the abdominals and shrinks your waistline.  The health benefit of having strong, flat abs is you will have a support system for your organs and especially the pelvic floor muscles. 

Builds long, lean muscles 

More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury.  Pilates elongates and strengthens muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. 

Improves Flexibility & Prevents Injury

A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. When your body is strong and not flexible, it is prone to injury.  Pilates will help you create the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.  Some sports or fitness activities overwork the same muscles. This leads to weak muscles getting weaker and strong muscles getting stronger. The result is muscular imbalance - a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates exercise is for the WHOLE BODY, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities With greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. 

Pilates is Gentle Enough for Beginners and Challenging for Advanced Athletes

Many Pilates exercises are performed lying down, sitting and reclining, as well as vertical and standing. Pilates is a low impact and safe exercise method that is widely used in physical therapy settings to rehabilate injuries.  Pilates exercises range from beginner level to advanced level exercises, making it safe for beginners and persons with injuries and challenging for the most advanced athlete.  It's important that you are patient with your Pilates practice and be sure to start out slowly and challenge your body as you go.

Call us today for a free consultation and let us know what type of Pilates sessions you're interested in!  Would you like to take Private Pilates sessions, duet Pilates with a friend, or take small group Pilates Mat classes with a group of your friends?  Call today for a free 15 minute phone consultation.