Summer Shape Up: The Basics of Pilates
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity.
Certified Personal Trainer Robin Zukowski stopped by TV20’s Morning Edition with some basic moves that target your core, similar to the moves you’d practice in a Pilates mat class.
Toning, flexibility, better posture, efficient movement, body/mind connection - just about every benefit the Pilates method has to offer is available through the mat work.
You will learn all of the fundamental Pilates movement techniques in Pilates mat classes. Neutral spine, properly engaged core, C-curve, shoulder and pelvic stability, spinal articulation, full breathing, working with oppositional energy and more.
A mat class will work your entire body, but most of the exercises have you either seated or lying on the floor. The beginning of the class should focus on engaging your deep abs in neutral spine as well as with a rounded back. In addition to intense focus on ab work, traditional Pilates mat work includes a series of exercises to work the inner and outer thighs, as well as a series to strengthen the back, hamstrings, and glutes. Many classes end with a stretching series that includes exercises like the mermaid and the saw.
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