1. I will feel taller, leaner & stronger:
The most common result of consistent Pilates practice that our clients experience is feeling taller, longer, leaner and stronger. Many of our clients even show an increase in height at their annual doctor visit. How can this be? Gravity and life wear you down and compress your spine and joints. Your Pilates instructor will use carefully chosen exercises that help lengthen the spine and decompress the joints. Pilates exercise strengthens the muscles in such a way as to promote longer leaner muscles without bulk.
2. I will feel invigorated:
Have you ever completed a workout at a gym with blaring music and an instructor that you are sure is trying to beat you into the ground? You walk out of those kinds of sessions feeling like you spent an hour abusing your body. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel energized and invigorated because Pilates is smart exercise. We train the body in a way that gets results and is kind to both your body and mind. Our clients walk out of the studio feeling energized, fresh and healthy.
3. I will feel as though stress has left my body:
Pilates is mind/body exercise. We start by taking a moment to clear the mind and focus on being present in our workout session. We use deep breathing to facilitate flowing movement that allows the stresses of life to melt away. Each exercise flows gently into the next creating a seamless session that works every part of your body while de-stressing the mind and soul. You learn techniques that you can use every day to feel better physically and mentally.
4. I will move better in my daily life:
Pilates teaches us how to move with grace, balance, control and ease. Pilates is more than just a workout. It is designed to re-train your body how to move properly so that you will move though life with better function and less risk of injury. If you suffer from back or neck pain, you can expect that to decrease too.
5. I will breathe better:
We were all born breathing. We do it naturally and involuntarily. However,most of us don’t breathe to our full capacity or in a way that truly nourishes our bodies. Typically most people breathe shallowly which results in a tight, closed rib cage and low volume of air in the lungs. Proper breathing is a foundation of Pilates and it is woven throughout every exercise. You will find that over time, you are gaining a greater breath capacity. This is especially helpful for all you athletes and weekend warriors.
6. My “core” will be stronger and my “abs” flatter:
What is your core anyway? People refer to the core as many different things. The truth is that your core is your true center. It is like a strong cylinder within your body. It is made up of your abdominal wall, deep back muscles, pelvic floor and diaphragm. It is like an internal corset. Pilates strengthens this corset with every exercise which results in better posture, greater stability, flatter abs and more power and strength.
7. I will finally find a workout routine that I enjoy:
Does anyone really like “hitting the gym”? One of the best things about Pilates is that is is fun, feel good exercise. You can’t wait to get to your next session. Plus, since you can do Pilates without getting all sweaty, you can go right back to your daily routine without needing to fit in a shower first. So it is super easy to make Pilates part of your regular routine any time of day.
8. I will find hidden strength that I didn't know I had:
You will be surprised at what you can accomplish. At first the exercises and movements might be
challenging, but little by little your flexibility will increase and your strength will improve. Most of our clients are stronger today than when they were in their teens and twenties. They have gained overall body strength that they didn’t know they had and it translates into so many areas of their lives.
9. I will exercise under the watchful eye of a highly trained instructor:
The worst thing about starting a workout plan at home or at a gym is getting hurt because you didn’t do the exercise correctly. Or not getting the results you are hoping for because your are moving in random sloppy ways. Pilates is always taught by a highly trained instructor who watches, coaches, and corrects clients for safety and effectiveness. At the Pilates studio it is all about you and your body. After all, if you are going to take the time to do the exercise, you want to know that you are doing it right.
10. I will say “how did I ever live in this body before Pilates?”:
Are you living in the body you want? It’s the only body you get, so treat it well. You will begin to feel so good, so strong, so poised, so confident, toned and energized that you will wonder how you ever lived so long without a regular Pilates routine as part of your life. Ask yourself, “If I could change anything about my physical condition, what would it be?” W e are here to help you reach that goal.