Want great workouts that will ….
- strengthen your core
- flatten your abs
- leave you feeling stronger, longer & leaner?
Then you’ve come to the right place! Pilates strengthens the “postural muscles” (the internal stabilizing muscles of your body) so that your posture, balance and core strength all improve WHILE you sculpt the body of your dreams!!
Benefits of Pilates
- Increases strength, flexibility & endurance
- Improves posture
- Strengthens abdominals & lower back
- Reduces stress
- Improves coordination
- Increases energy levels and enhances performance in other activities
- Prevents and rehabilitates injuries
- Develops long & lean muscles, improves muscle tone
Pilates mat exercises engage and strengthen the deeper ab muscles responsible for a sleek, flat stomach. But Pilates isn’t just about whittling your waistline: It can also give you exceptional whole-body toning and graceful posture, plus make your daily activities (like hoisting groceries) easier to do.
The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Barre work is fantastic for core strengthening and toning the legs.
Pilates Reformer exercises can be done by anyone irrespective of age, sex, and fitness level. The reformer tones every major muscle group as well as the core musculature while paying special attention to proper execution, biomechanics, alignment and symmetry so that you leave the session feeling rejuvenated, balanced and energized?
It helps athletes become more agile and boosts their performance.
For a mother in the post natal stage, Pilates can be particularly helpful in strengthening and flattening the deep lower abdominal muscles that are hard to tone post delivery. Pilates is also a safe and effective way to close the gap of a diastasis recti (post natal abdominal separation). Core stability is worked on in most of the Pilates repertoire and with the use of the reformer we are able to take the pressure off of the lower back and allow the abdominal muscles to work without straining anything else.
Laurie helped me at a time when I didn’t think repair of my diastasis recti was possible. I had been informed by my doctor that my separation was so large it might require surgical repair. This was just what I needed to hear to fully devote myself to physio as a last ditch effort to avoid surgery. Laurie and I used the reformer for 30 minutes per week and she provided exercises to complete at home. Within a week there was improvement, and as the weeks increased my separation decreased.
I am so impressed at how the reformer was able to force me to isolate my movements and focus on my core muscles. My abdominal separation is now nearly repaired, and while I don’t have a washboard tummy I am on the road to recovery and getting back to an active life.
P. G. – Ottawa