Pilates is an excellent addition to your weekly exercise routine that also incorporates resistance, cardiovascular, mobility and balance training.

Today, our Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Pilates instructor, Courtney, from Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleBella VistaRandwickPymbleNeutral Bay and Balmain discusses what Pilates is and why it is beneficial to start incorporating into your weekly exercise routine.

Pilates is a form of exercise first developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It has evolved overtime, but the core principles of Pilates remain the same. These include, for example, the concentration on core stabilising muscles, connecting the breath to movements, and performing exercises with control and precision.

From an Exercise Physiologist’s perspective, Pilates is a great addition to someone’s exercise routine. It is also an excellent starting point for individuals new to exercise, recovering from acute or chronic injury and/or those managing chronic conditions such as lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and hyper-mobility. It is also an excellent exercise modality pre- and post-natal as it can be easily adapted during the stages of pregnancy and improves pelvic floor and core activation; both very important for reducing the severity of abdominal separation and improving core control post birth.

 

“It is also an excellent starting point for individuals new to exercise, recovering from acute or chronic injury and/or managing chronic conditions such as lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and hyper-mobility.”

Courtney believes that the basics taught in Pilates, including spinal positions, core activation, breath and posture work, are invaluable skills to learn and are transferable to all other types of exercise, as well as improving individual’s ability to carry out activities of daily living.

There are many different exercise progressions in Pilates and so it is important exercises are tailored to the person to ensure the correct level is prescribed and the proper technique is performed. It can be difficult to achieve this in a large group or online setting.

Courtney also offers individualised Pilates sessions and as well as Exercise Physiology sessions that incorporate Pilates.

 

“Courtney believes that the basics taught in Pilates, including spinal positions, core activation, breath and posture work, are invaluable skills to learn and are transferable to all other types of exercise.”

 

If you’re looking to introduce Pilates into your weekly routine or wanting to make sure you’re performing Pilates exercises effectively, Courtney, our Exercise Physiologist and Pilates instructor, would love to hear from you!

Give us a call us on 1300 964 002 to speak to find out more and book in a Free 15 min phone consultation with Courtney today!

 

Written by Courtney Maher