I ran the whole race and didn't stop once! Thank you for training me with Pilates. –– Dr. Hagen Hastings, PBJ client
In Pilates lingo, the core is known as the "powerhouse" –– this is our body's center of gravity and all movement emanates from it.
Our muscles and tendons are like springs, and release stored energy to propel you forward. The Gluteus Maximus is the largest muscle in the human body. Pilates helps runners stave off injury and improve efficiency by firing up the ‘Glutes’ –– the origin of a runner's power to push into and off of the ground. Practicing Pilates also improves ankle flexibility and stability.
If golf is your game, you are constantly torqueing your body –– from twisting and squatting to lengthening and flexing. These repetitive actions require a strong and flexible core. Practicing Pilates improves your balance and range of motion so you can drive your ball longer and straighter, improve your accuracy and performance as well as decrease your muscles’ susceptibility to sprains and tears.
Pilates by Julie integrates free weights and other familiar and not-so-familiar props that you use in your gym. And, Pilates complements rigorous gym routines by lengthening and strengthening muscles crucial to producing a healthy physique that emphasizes correct posture.
Ideally, your ears, shoulders, ribs, pelvic and ankles are aligned like a plumb line. Now consider the amount of time we spend hunched over our computers, phones and tablets and you see the evolution of an unattractive profile. For example, our shoulders round forward because the anterior Pectoral muscle group is too short and tight, while the posterior Rhomboid muscle group is over-stretched and lengthened. Pilates stretches muscles that are too short and tight, and strengthens muscles that are too long and weak.
Pilates stretches muscles that are too short and tight and strengthens muscles that are too long and weak.