Fitness tips


The body conditioning workout uses a proven technique that strengthens the muscles slowly and gently. The method is not new - it was developed over 7 decades ago by Joseph Pilates, who designed and developed a unique set of exercises that focus on developing core strength. Core strength is achieved when the muscles of the trunk area of the body are balanced together, particularly the muscles in the lower back and abdomen, supporting the spine and strengthening the body.

The exercise method teaches efficient breathing techniques which helps to promote a general well-being as well as boosting energy and strengthening the immune system. It is also effective in relieving stress and tension, both emotionally and physically. Improved balance and greater flexibility can be obtained through the conditioning workout method, and back pain may be considerably alleviated.

Because the workout uses subtle, slow and controlled movements, it's suitable for all age groups, both genders, and post natal women. As its popularity has soared in the media, many may incorrectly assume that it is designed for females only. However, many men, including male elite athletes, achieve impressive results by incorporating the method into their fitness regime.

When seeking a suitable studio for classes in your area, it may be a good idea to enquire about exercise equipment. The most basic requirement for the workout is a functional mat, which is slightly thicker than a yoga mat. Most studios will provide equipment such as mats, and as you progress to advanced classes, other equipment may be used, such as: exercise balls, Cadillacs, fitness bands, and wunda chairs.


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