In my last article, I explained how Pilates can be used to increase flexibility. In this article, I will explain why Pilates is also great for strengthening muscles and increasing muscle tone.
As you may know, Pilates is a series of exercises designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. There are many different ways to do each exercise. For example, in the „Reformer“ exercise, you lie face down on a mat with your arms extended out in front of you and your legs bent. You then perform a series of abdominal exercises to strengthen your abs.
The reason that Pilates is so good at strengthening muscles is because it teaches you to use your core muscles. Core muscles are the muscles that run along your spine. These muscles include your rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, obliques and diaphragm.
Your core muscles are important for your overall body posture. They help support your body and keep your spine straight and aligned. When you have poor posture, you tend to carry a lot of extra weight on your upper body. This can cause back pain, neck pain, headaches and fatigue.
When you practice Pilates, you are taught to strengthen these core muscles. The exercises will teach you how to engage your core muscles while performing other exercises. Once you learn how to activate your core muscles, you will notice that you have more control over your body. You will feel more stable and balanced. You will also be able to perform all of the other exercises much easier.
Another benefit of practicing Pilates is that it helps you build up muscle mass. As you strengthen your core muscles, you will be able to lift heavier weights. You will also be able lift longer.
If you want to increase your strength, flexibility and tone, you should try Pilates. It is a great way to get results fast.