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The Benefits of Pilates

Pilates can really make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body.

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A refreshing mind-body workout

By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.

In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance and prevent injuries

In the same vein, a lot of these same conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This leads weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.

Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports like cycling, dance, equestrian, golf, running or surfing (to name a few) with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.

Learn how to move efficiently

Whether you are using the Reformer bed, Tower or Mat, Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

It’s gentle…

Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe; it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.

But it’s also challenging

Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.


Harjit H

So thankful this studio opened in San Elijo Hills. It's my first time trying Pilates and I'm so glad I did. I'm always sore from my sessions. Sore in a great way. The instructors are all very kind and knowledgeable. The studio is also very clean. If you haven't checked it out you should. Believe me, you won't regret it.

Colette S

A few weeks ago I had my very first ever Pilates class, and I am hooked! It is an amazing work out and complements cardio and yoga workouts. Evelyn is an amazing human being and has opened up a beautiful studio in San Elijo Hills. The instructors that I worked with so far are awesome and are very dedicated to their craft. There is a great variety of classes available at different times throughout the day. If you’ve never taken a class, you definitely should try one and make sure you try it with this studio. You’ll be hooked too!!

Marybeth H

My Pilates Strong is Amazing! The studio is light and relaxing, the machines are beautiful and the Instructors go above and beyond. I'm coming off of 3... yes 3 back surgeries in 2021 and the staff has been incredible to help me regain strength and keep me in proper form to not compromise my spine. It has felt so awesome to get back into a fitness routine and while I had done Pilates years ago, I feel I'm having to retrain myself with my newly fused spine. So thankful its so close, convenient and affordable.

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