Generally, the goal of a Mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a Pilates term that refers to your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Mat Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class. While low-impact, Mat Pilates burns fat during and after class, as your muscles continue to shed calories long after class ends.
Mental benefits of Mat Pilates
Focusing on your breathing plays a major role in Pilates. You breathe from your belly instead of your chest, Pilates connects your breath to the exercise, allowing that influx of oxygen to better complete each movement. Since you are concentrating so strongly on breathing deeply, the mind can benefit from mindfulness, relaxation and stress reduction during and after class. Over time, your mind becomes trained to stay more focused not only while working out, but also in your everyday life. Those who practice Pilates often reap the benefits of these deep breathing exercises, suffering less from anxiety, anger and even depression.
Our Mat Pilates instructor, Tabitha Fletcher, has been doing Pilates on a weekly basis for the past 3 years. Her motivating motto is, “This is the one body I get to have, so I have to do the best I can with it.”
SO TRUE! You have only have one body, so make it strong!
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