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Is the hype behind Pilates a stretch?
Is the hype behind Pilates a stretch?

Is the hype behind Pilates a stretch?

Thursday, July 11, 2024


Pilates is a series of exercises that can be done from the comfort of your own home or at a Pilates studio. Pilates promotes mobility and strength of all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion while also having a key focus on the deep core muscles.  


Everyone can benefit from Pilates, but people recovering from an injury who want to ease back into exercise and post rehab patients are specific groups of people that the Hospital for Special Surgery highlights.  


According to Better Health Channel, the benefits of Pilates includes: 

  • Improved flexibility  

  • Increased muscle strength and tone 

  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body  

  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs 

  • Improved stabilization of your spine 

  • Improved posture  

  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances  

  • Improved physical coordination and balance  

  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back  

  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries 

  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries (Lower-back, rotator cuff, etc.) 

  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing 

  • Improved concentration  

  • Increased body awareness 

  • Stress management and relaxation  


There are different ways to perform Pilates, such as on a mat using your body weight or on a machine called a reformer. The reformer uses springs for resistance and assistance to achieve balanced muscle engagement.  


If you want to start Pilates at home, many instructional videos are available. If you want to try a class at a studio, make sure that you start at a beginner level class. If you are unsure about the class, you can arrive early and talk to the instructor to see what the class would entail and if you are comfortable doing the exercises.  



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