For a sculpted, toned look, Pilates seems to be the exercise of choice. Day 177 of 365 Things To Do In Pasadena takes us to Pro Fitness Network again for a look at their Pilates studio.
The Pilates method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility, strength and body awareness without building muscle bulk. It is based on a series of controlled movements performed on specially designed spring-resistant exercise machines or on the floor (called Mat Pilates.) The program works from the core of your body outward. The core of your body focuses on your abdominal muscles as well as your back muscles. The idea behind Pilates is that if your core abdominal muscles are strong and tone, the rest of your body will be able to follow their lead.
It was created in the 1920s by the physical trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) for the purpose of rehabilitation. Some of the first people treated by Pilates were soldiers returning from war and dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine (to strengthen their bodies and heal their aches and pains). Joseph himself was very frail as a child. He had asthma in addition to other conditions. To build his body and grow stronger, he took up several different sports, eventually becoming an accomplished athlete.
Benefits of Pilates:
The benefits of Pilates are great for a person of any age or sex. Stretching and toning muscles you never knew you had will greatly increase your metabolism and strengthen your complete body. The exercises are very low impact so the wear and tear on your body is very minimal.
- Safe and effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body
- Emphasizes the uniform development of all muscle groups and does not build bulk
- Flexibility, circulation and skeletal alignment
- Core strength and stability in the abdominal area
- Relieves stress and back pain
- Longer leaner muscles
- Improves coordination and balance
- Heighten mind-body awareness
- Enhances athletic performance
- Does not stress your joints and helps you avoid injuries
- Increases your confidence and self-esteem
Pro Fitness Network has a dedicated Pilates Studio with specific apparatus like Reformers, Cadillacs, Wunda Chair, Avalon Chair, Ladder Barrel and Spine Corrector. Now… I have to say the machinery looks pretty wicked, but the results are pretty significant.
When will you see the benefits of Pilates?
There is an often-quoted saying in the Pilates world…
within ten sessions you feel different, within twenty sessions you look different, and by thirty sessions, you will have a whole new body.
Consistency is everything!
There are various pricing plans available including personal and semi-personal sessions. Call Pro Fitness for more information.
Pro Fitness Network
183 E. Glenarm Street
Pasadena, CA 91105
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