By: Linda Moore
When I mention to friends, family and even strangers (it’s true, I’m a talker) about the word Pilates, it usually is accompanied with a deer in the headlight look, or an “ I think I know what you are talking about, but not really”, or even the most often stated “that’s a lot like yoga, right?” I’m used to it, and so are the other awesome Pilates instructors at AYB, Joy and Jodi. We get it. It‘s unique and different, but it certainly isn’t a fad exercise. Pilates has been around since the 1920’s.
At AYB Joy, Jodi and I have been trained and certified in a method of Pilates called STOTT. We are pretty proud of that fact, because it is one of the most extensive training and certification programs in Pilates. What also makes that good news for our clients, is that our Pilates teaching backgrounds all come from the same program.
People often ask what kind of workout someone should expect with Pilates. Our answer is it depends on your needs, athletic ability, injuries or desire for workouts.
Pilates was designed to add flexibility and mobility to large and small muscles without adding bulk, and nearly every exercise utilizes the core and works all layers of abdominal muscles. One of our favorite ways to teach is what I refer to as “athletic Pilates.” In a class, we work at a faster pace, often using the Jump Board to increase heart rate and challenge each movement while still maintaining proper form and technique. It’s also a great mind/body connection that changes the shape and flexibility of muscles.
Athletes are generally strong through their larger muscle groups and weaker through their smaller, stabilizing muscles. Often, an athlete will try Pilates and find they are sore the next day in muscles that have not been sore before. That is Pilates at work!
Joy, Jodi and I look forward to giving you a great workout which will challenge you to your core, literally! We love to customize workouts that are unique to the needs of each client. You will be challenged, stretched, pushed and most importantly taught and to execute proper Pilates form.
Pilates can help take your performance to the next level!Tags: Fitness