Watch five LA based Pilates instructors move effortlessly through a sequence of synchronised Pilates moves. These Pilates instructors sure know how to work a reformer, the lights, music and effortlessness with which these Pilates instructors move makes Pilates seem almost magical. And maybe it is, but it takes a lot more than the waving of a wand to get to that place, and when you do, it’s well worth the work.
Here at myescape we are a big fan of Pilates as through proper training, Pilates can actually transform your body, creating a shape that not only looks completely different, but also functions on a whole new level.
Pilates exercises on a reformer reframes your body by making you consciously aware of your alignment the whole time" says Carrie Macy -National Pilates Training Manager who is featured in the video above along with instructors Christine Bullock, Ashley Hoffman, Lesley Logan and Kathleen Mangan. A reformers shoulder blocks, foot bar, straps and springs give you feedback to tell you if something is out of line. Then through repetition, you literally relearn how to move. Your neuromuscular patterns are re-programmed so when you go out, to the grocery store, to run a marathon or even swing a kettlebell -your body remembers how to do that in a more symmetrical way.
"Pilates teaches you better body positioning, so instead of having to focus on simply holding your posture, your body can concentrate on working the muscles that you’re trying to target with a particular exercise,” Macy says. For example, if you’re a runner, you’re going to run longer if you keep your body in an upright position. As you get tired, you start to round forward, slowing your stride. “If you do Pilates, all of your abdominal muscles and your upper back muscles are so much stronger, and you’re aware of holding yourself there, so you can stay upright longer and run faster,” Macy says.
Symmetry also means a pain-free frame - when your body is misaligned, stronger muscles are compensating for the weaker ones, which puts you at risk for injury and of course, a body that looks the part. “When your body is in balance you’re going to look more proportional - mainly because your posture is really good, so you carry yourself with more confidence,” says Macy. “Your muscles also develop evenly so you will literally see a more symmetrical shape in the mirror.”
So if you haven't tried pilates yet - get out there and give it a go and you could be on your way to a Pilates body!
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