Moving from the west coast where Pilates studios run rampant, I was surprised to hear about that in Western Michigan, the word “Pilates” conjures up the image of a slow and boring workout. Well… Allow me to dispel that myth!
In an effort to set the record straight, let’s get down to the nitty gritty…
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that works the entire body, that incorporates a variety of moves that have the potential to be extremely effective and intense. Each exercise can be modified for beginners or made more challenging for the advanced Pilates experts in the group. Focusing on the breath and starting every motion with the core, Pilates creates both an awareness and an intensity that can sometimes be hard to find in other activities.
Here at Modifie (soon to be “BeYou”), we are anything but boring! Our “Twisted Core” Pilates classes move quickly, target a wide variety of muscle groups and are set to loud and fun music.
What are the benefits to Pilates?
People who are regular Pilates participants report that the exercise has great physical and mental benefits. Here are just a few:
- Whole body workout
- Adaptable to many fitness levels
- Lengthens, strengthens and builds strength without the bulk (think long and lean)
- Increases flexibility
- Develops core strength
- Improves posture
- Increased awareness – focusing on the mind/body connection
- Fun and challenging!
Prior to my first class, I was under the impression that Pilates was only for ballerinas (and I was about as far from a ballerina as you get). As a life long athlete, I was hooked after my first class!
Is your interest piqued? Come check out a class.
Classes fill up quickly so check the schedule, get to Modifie and get ready for a full-body burn!