Pilates is a non-impact system of exercise designed to strengthen and tone core muscles with emphasis on slow controlled flowing movements.
It focuses on the deep muscles of the abdomen and spine and also tones and strengthens arms, buttocks and legs – creating long, lean muscles without building bulk.
Mat-based Pilates uses your own bodyweight as resistance. Small props such as balls, weights and the Pilates circle are used to provide variety and challenge. Practising Pilates regularly develops improved body awareness, increases your overall flexibility & strength and promotes good posture.
Benefits of Pilates include:
- A strong core
- Increased flexibility
- A strong spine helping to prevent back pain
- Improved posture
- Improved balance and coordination
- An improved ability to relax and concentrate
Finally, don’t just take our word for it, Pilates comes recommended by some of the world’s top sports men and women, including Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll:
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) February 6, 2015