There are more than a million people in Australia who practice Pilates, so you’ve probably met a few of them. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics; “Perspectives on Sport” Report Mat Pilates is predominantly undertaken by younger women (15-34 years) and women aged 35-54 years. And if you’ve wondered why they do it, there are three simple benefits.
Pilates focuses on strengthening the body’s core muscles, making sure that when you move, you do so with the right muscles. It aims to increase flexibility and improve posture, as well as giving you the benefits of regular exercise.
Mat pilates classes are carried out on the floor and incorporates small props and other equipment into the workout. In each class you will be guided through a range of exercises to improve core strength and flexibility.
Unlike other types of pilates classes that require large and specialised equipment, most of the exercises in your mat pilates classes require nothing more than a comfortable floor or small mat. This enables you to practise most of what you learn during classes at home.
Pilates will help you to breathe better and has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and lift your mood.
There’s something to be said for the camaraderie of a fitness class and the great thing about a Mat Pilates class is that you’ll be able to bond over the experience far more than you would if you were gasping through introductions after an intense workout.
If you’ve had no previous experience with Pilates then this is perfect for you. The classes are a great introduction to basic core muscle activation and strengthening exercises.
A more advanced and challenging class for individuals who have good control and strength in the core muscles, and have probably completed two terms of Pilates.
There really are plenty of benefits to Mat Pilates. If you’d like to know more about the classes Relinque Sports and Spinal Group run, give us a call on 03 9499 9644.