How Pilates Benefits Your Every Day Life

I am often asked, “Why do Pilates?” And, while there are many, many answers to this question. The benefits of Pilates are specific to the person asking. I have one answer I give to everyone. Pilates makes everything you are already doing better! A consistent Pilates practice is not something that has to replace what you love to… Continue reading How Pilates Benefits Your Every Day Life

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  • December 8, 2017
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I am often asked, “Why do Pilates?” And, while there are many, many answers to this question. The benefits of Pilates are specific to the person asking. I have one answer I give to everyone. Pilates makes everything you are already doing better!

A consistent Pilates practice is not something that has to replace what you love to do. It will actually make what you are already doing for fitness, health and living life more effective.

If you go for long walks, sit at a desk or chase after children Pilates helps your posture, stretches what’s tight and strengthens what is loose.

Love to lift weights hit a spin class? Pilates strengthens your core and teaches your body coordination making it easier to control your swings, lift heavy weights. Spin class can do wonders for cardio, and the addition of Pilates gives your body that full strength and conditioning that will balance out your rides.

Pilates benefits more than your abs. In fact, your “core” is your entire torso. So, every muscle from your neck to your tailbone and mid thighs is needed to do Pilates exercises.

And, while many of us have crazy busy schedules, it’s tough to get to all our workouts the beauty of a Pilates practice is you can tailor it to meet your life. If you do Pilates mat at home 2-3x a week, you can reap the benefits of a Pilates practice. The Pilates mat work was designed to do in 30 minutes or less. You can do classes online with me each week or hit up your local gym and find a Pilates instructor that works with your schedule.

Pilates privates are great for equipment training and for having someone’s eye to ensure you are using your entire body and not just your “go-to” muscles. Pilates has a unique ability to challenge the smaller, underused muscles because you only do 3-5 reps of each exercise, allowing your dominant muscles to take a break.

Benefit your life by adding Pilates in as much as you can, even if it is just once a week. Start off where you can and add in as needed. Pilates is for everybody. This means YOU!

Start your Pilates home practice here.

xx~LL

By lesley.logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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4 comments

  1. It got me to read that pilates can actually strengthen your back support because you can expect to have a strong core. With that in mind, I’ll be sure to find a Pilates program that I can join soon. Since the other pain, scoliosis has been causing me so much back pain lately.

    1. Oh yes Ron, def find a private instructor who specializes in scoliosis. Then you can take what you learned in those sessions to a group class or home practice! xx~LL

  2. All the points you made about how many benefits someone can have by incorporating pilates on top of their usual work out was really impressive to read. As someone who has recently been into weight lifting since my brother taught me how to get started, I started to feel better about my body and my health and wanted to know what more I could do to get toned. Pilates sounds like the perfect followup to everything I’ve done so far, so I’ll look around for any places that offer group classes so I can learn quickly.

  3. Hello,

    You have written very deeply in this blog about how Pilates classes’ benefits can change our life and your blog is informative, I appreciate your work.

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

GATHER ROUND

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

We gather good things in circles…friends, flowers, pie! So let’s get our circles on! In this week’s Mat and Reformer classes we’ll be focusing on how the size and shape of circular work changes how we feel an exercise. We’ll even be adding some circular movements along the way! You won’t need any extra props and please, have your box for the Reformer class.

See you in class,
Tami

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, box and a reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we will focus on all things Rowing! How do the other exercises help our rowing series and how does rowing influence the others! Finding the arm/back connection throughout the class is how we will Row Row Row Our Boat to the finish line!

Light hand weights needed for the Mat class!

See you in class,
Mindi

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light hand weights and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    STAND BY ME

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    The key to longevity is being able to get down to the ground and up again with as little assistance as possible. In this weeks class we are going to focus on how to stand in your feet no matter where they are in space.

    On the Mat we will have a playful ending that Joseph Pilates would do!

    The Reformer we’ll end challenging ourselves standing on our carriage. (Options to do the exercises off the Reformer too!)

    No props needed.

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    LOOK MA, NO HANDS!

    Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

    We’re going to focus on the muscles that help us get up/down to a chair, toilet, in/out of a car, and to the ground without the use of our hands to help.

    As we age, we can lose strength, flexibility, mobility in these leg and core muscles which results in us using our arms and hands to get up and down.

    Let’s keep these bodies as young as we can by practicing getting up and down with only our legs, our center, and our strong back.

    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac/Tower: Reformer box
    Mat: Theraband
    Chair: No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx-LL 💋

    HANG 10

    ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

    Grip strength as well as upper body strength plays an important role in so many different exercises throughout the mat and all apparatus. Our grip can influence the connection from our wrists - to our arms - to our back. And building strength in our chest and upper back can help us connect more to our center in every exercise.

    All month long we’ll explore the feeling, the strength, and the position of our hands and upper body to see how our exercises change with a little extra focus. We’ll also play with ways to gain more strength and awareness in our chest and upper back to create even more connections to the exercises.

    Props:
    Chair - short pole* and a foam roller for balance
    *A thicker pole or roll down bar size might feel nice, but no worries you’ll find your connections no matter what you have on hand!
    Mat: a pole
    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac: No props needed

    See ya in class,
    xx-LL 💋

    I LOVE ROCK & ROLL UP

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    Finding some love for Roll Up and Open Leg Rocker isn't easy! But, these two exercises unlock the potential for so many other exercises. And what we don't like we often need. So, let's dive into what we need to rock our Roll Ups and Open leg Rockers and see how that changes the rest of our practice in the meantime.

    Mat: Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband
    Reformer: have your shortbox pole near by

    xx~LL

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, short box and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.