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Discovering True Strength: The Core of Pilates


Pilates, a fitness regimen that's evolved, remains rooted in its core principles: Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Flowing Movement, and Breathing. These principles define every exercise in the method. As you master Pilates, you begin to see how these principles interact, leading to improved posture, enhanced flexibility, and a remarkable boost in core strength. Your body becomes more sculpted, and you move with an ease that comes from increased spinal strength. 

But what exactly is "core" strength, how is it different from a six-pack, and why does it matter? 

Sure, we all want a well-defined tummy, but having "abs" doesn't necessarily mean you're "strong." Picture a tree – a robust, powerful-looking trunk with countless branches extending outward. Now, imagine if that tree were hollow on the inside, lacking internal support. It might look sturdy, but a little push could topple it over, bringing the whole thing down. Your body is a lot like that tree. It needs strength from the inside out to support your "branches" or limbs. True core strength arises from fortifying the tiny muscles around your spine and working outward. 

Health is the most precious product you can invest in, and Pilates places a premium on developing core strength, internal support, and joint stability. This, in turn, makes your exercise routines safer and more effective. Every Pilates exercise is a "functional movement," mirroring everyday activities. As a bonus, it sculpts and tones your body, giving you a leaner appearance. Pilates complements various training methods. It's used by everyone from professional surfers, skaters, and athletes to military personnel in their daily routines. 

Pilates isn't just for fitness enthusiasts – it's for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Classes often include individuals from 8 to 80 years old. Every exercise can be adjusted to suit the client, making it low-impact and easy on joints. But don't be fooled by its gentleness; Pilates can also be elevated with dynamic movements that engage your entire body as resistance. It's ideal for post-injury rehabilitation, post-pregnancy recovery, or simply enhancing your flexibility and strength. For many, Pilates has been a transformative experience, reshaping their bodies from the inside out. So, if you're ready to discover true strength and transform your fitness journey, give Pilates a tryit's the secret to building a powerful, resilient core and so much more.


Read more in our November Alpeon issue.
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