What is Pilates? 

Pilates is a rehabilitative full body workout created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's.
This form of exercise will allow you to lengthen your body while strengthening and toning muscle.
It is great for lower back pain, joint rehabilitation, stability and creating core strength to increase performance in sports.

How is Pilates different from other exercise?
Pilates works your body from the inside out.
It teaches you how to use your smaller stabilising muscles to control your movement and get the most out of your prime mover muscles.
By the use of breath you can learn to enhance your strength and stability.
The more you practice, the more these new motor control patterns will become natural during daily and performance based activity.  

Are Pilates and Yoga the same?  
Although they are both low impact exercise which promote posture and flexibility and balance, Pilates and yoga are different.
In yoga you move into a pose and either hold the position or flow into the next one.
In Pilates when you adopt a position you then challenge your stabilising muscles by moving in ways that will try to counteract your balance.

Is Pilates good for weight loss?  
Pilates helps you create tone in your muscles.
If you are after weight loss this will not be the sole solution.
However, when combined with a cardio routine that helps you burn fat, you will start seeing more muscle definition sooner.

Is Pilates strength training?  
Yes, Pilates is strength based training using resistance with body weight and equipment such as springs and bands.
The functional movements in Pilates allows you to build strength stability in wide joint ranges. 

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