“When I’m dead, they’ll say “He was right.” I’m fifty years ahead of my time.”- Joseph Pilates
And he was.
Pilates is all about quality over quantity. This makes it a low-impact exercise that can be used to accomplish fitness goals, as well as rehabilitation. Whether you are walking around Chadstone or the Botanical Gardens, you want to look and feel strong.
There are plenty of Pilates studios in Melbourne that can help you achieve your fitness goals. Look through our directory for a studio that is close to you. Like Kendall or Kylie, Bella or Gigi, one of the biggest decisions you have to face is between mat or reformer Pilates.
We’ve broken it down the difference between the two so that you can find the option that best suits you. (Personally, we’re all about having your cake and eating it too – why not try both?)
A traditional Pilates mat class will work your legs, stomach, lower and upper back muscles. It is also the basis for the entire Pilates system of exercise. Your body weight provides resistance against gravity. This makes the workout more challenging because you have to be in full control of your body rather than relying on the assistance of springs and cables.
This is a good option for beginners because it teaches you how to control your muscles during exercise.
The Pilates reformer may look like an intimidating piece of equipment complete with a sliding carriage, and various straps and pulleys. However, you will find it is one of the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment ever made.
Originally designed to rehabilitate immobilised soldiers, it acts like a support system for the body by helping to assist it into proper form. It adds resistance to exercises via the use springs. Extra springs can be used to build strength, or lower springs can be used to challenge the stabilising muscles. You can customise your experience based on your fitness goals. It can be used to target one specific area or as a whole body exercise.
Reformer Pilates is also good for rehabilitation purposes because it allows you to exercise on a horizontal plane of motion.
Both Mat and Reformer Pilates will build your core strength as well as tone your muscles. Pilates doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives. You will find that you are more coordinated and have balance in your day-to-day life.
What are you waiting for? Book a session with one of our Pilates studios near you.