If you’ve been anywhere close to social media lately, you’ve probably heard the hype surrounding Pilates. With over 1.7 billion views, #Pilates has blown up on Tik Tok, reinventing pilates as THE exercise of the summer, maybe even the year. Creators like @katiepierce_fit and @amandablauerpilates are changing the game in the workout world by sharing their own Pilates workout routines and body transformations. Although going to a Pilates class is always fun, and a great way to socialize and meet like minded people, by uploading their own workouts online, these creators are making Pilates accessible for everyone!
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WHAT IS PILATES?
Developed by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, Pilates is a combination of low-impact exercise and flexibility and control training. Through controlled movements on a Reformer machine or a workout mat, Pilates targets the core, focusing on strength and body awareness and control.
WHY SHOULD I TRY PILATES?
Great question! Unlike other forms of exercise, pilates trains the body from the inside out. The practice of Pilates begins from an inward bodily connection, focusing on engaging your muscles to create movement, instead of moving your body to activate your muscles. Rather than focusing on reps or weights, Pilates emphasizes technique. Through slow, controlled movements, Pilates works on core strength, body alignment and mind-muscle connection.
Because of the slow, controlled movement that is Pilates, continuous Pilates exercise results in long, lean and strong muscles. When performing Pilates exercises, a type of muscle contraction called eccentric contraction is activated. Eccentric contraction takes place when the muscle elongates with tensions. Repeated forms of this contraction will result in long, strong muscles!
Furthermore, a main perk of Pilates is its accessibility for all! Whether you are new to working out or a trained athlete, Pilates has the ability to be simultaneously challenging and easy to pick up.
THE (MANY) BENEFITS OF PILATES:
Reduced Lower Back Pain
Reduced Menstrual Pain
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If you’re looking for a fun and challenging workout to get summer body ready, give Pilates a try! With easy to follow online tutorials from some of the top creators in the game, there’s no excuse not to get started today. And who knows, maybe you too will be inspired to start sharing your own workouts with the world.