A stronger core equals a better back. That's why those with chronic lower back pain who practice Pilates for just four weeks, experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists, says a Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy study. Their pain also stayed away for a full year post pilates.
Good posture is a reflection of good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Starting with pilates movement fundamentals and moving through mat and equipment exercises, Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony.
Increases your flexibility
Nearly all of the exercises you learn as part of your Pilates practice will bolster your flexibility, whether you prefer mat exercises or workouts on the pilates reformer. In Pilates, you work towards a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints.
Pilate targets your core, unlike several other workouts. In fact, after completing 36 weeks of Pilates training women strengthened their rectus abdominis by an average of 21 per cent, while eliminating muscle imbalances between the right and left sides of their cores, according to a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study.