By Lynsey Fraser
Health and Fitness Professional/Personal Trainer
I may be a bit biased here, as a Pilates Instructor but everyone should do Pilates! It’s one of the most supportive and effective systems in the world for building strength, recovering and preventing injuries and learning to become more body aware.
Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It was a system that was used to help rehabilitate injured Ballet dancers. It saw an explosion of following in the mid 90s with many celebrities crediting their lean taut bodies to the Pilates Method. Sadly this led to Pilates becoming a fad trend and being perceived as something ‘yummy mummys’ and celebrities did whilst drinking Kabbalah water and becoming vegan.
Yet it’s truly one of the best additions everyone could add to their current training routine. Pilates supports the way we use our body and is beneficial to all sports, training methods and levels of fitness. I have taught Pilates to people undergoing rehabilitation from spinal surgeries (under the supervision of their physios) and to high performance soccer teams and professional Ice Skaters.
Why is it so good? Well, Pilates will do 3 major things for you:
- It will teach you to activate, use and strengthen your deep core muscles. These are the muscles you need to protect and stabilise your spine as you move, breathe and live.
- It will make you aware of your body. If you spend the rest of your time trying to get fitter, stronger and faster we can often lose focus on how our body feels and moves and we focus on the end result. Pilates will refocus you on your body.
- Pilates will teach you control and alignment. Each move in Pilates is focused and aligned correctly, this will help your body train weaker muscles, balance strengths and move better in everything else that you do.
Try adding just 20 minutes 3 times a week or going to a Pilates class to help you literally live in your body better. You won’t be sorry you did.