Contrary to popular believe, the core isn’t just your abs. It’s all of the small, deep muscles closest to the skeletal structure known as the Local Stabilizers (LS).
The LS primary function is to hold the skeleton in place while allowing the larger muscles a chance to do their job correctly. Pilates is the ultimate in core training and is one of the safest and most stress-free forms of training available today. Pilates emphasizes re-balancing muscles around the joints, which in turn, correct over-training and muscle imbalances that could cause injury. In addition, pilates also offers a balanced combination of strength, flexibility and endurance training simultaneously. The results are: improved posture, more efficient movement patterns, a toned physique and better body awareness – all without adding bulk!
Whether using a mat or the specialized equipment, pilates uses a series of exercises that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based which ensure maximum benefits from each class. While the mat series is very effective, the equipment offers no impact/high intensity resistant training with the use of springs since they resembled actual muscle movement the best. The springs range from 35 to 75 PSI per spring depending on focus of exercise and client’s ability. The average exercise uses 2 springs – that’s 150 pounds of pressure for every inch the client opens the spring! The use of springs make pilates a perfect workout for anyone recovering from injury or dealing with special circumstances such as pregnancy or chronic conditions.
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over or under trained. Over time, your entire body will be evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. Come see for yourself why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes consider pilates a critical part of their training regimen.
Kelly is a fully certified Stott Pilates Instructor for 16 years with a specialty certification in Post-Rehabilitation of Pelvic-Lumbo and Knee Stabilization for 10 years. She has a BFA in dance performance with 20 years teaching/performing dance experience. Kelly is also a. Level 1 LeMond Indoor Cycling instructor.