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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pilates Trivia



1. Celebrities Swear by Pilates
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Uma Thurman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Kardashian, Molly Sims and many other fit celebrities all rely on Pilates to keep their trim and toned physiques.



2. Pilates Original Name: Contrology
Joseph Pilates, the inventor of the Pilates Method, intended it to be about the art of control, an exercise method where you control your body, mind, and muscles. The moves he designed focus on core muscles in the "powerhouse" (abs, pelvic floor, lower back), proper alignment of the spine, and awareness of breath.



3. One Hour of Pilates Burns Calories All Day Long
Resistance training, the essence of Pilates, is scientifically proven to create lean muscle and rev up your metabolism to burn calories all day long. Cardio is very important to keep a healthy heart and to keep your body fat down but the second you hop off the treadmill, you stop burning calories. With Pilates, the second you're done, you start burning calories.


4. Every Pilates Move Works the Entire Body
Every exercise such as the Hundred, Roll Up, Single Leg Circles, Teaser, works all the muscles in your body - including your brain! Pilates takes a lot of coordination to execute correctly, requiring you to focus and concentrate on your body. So, Pilates keeps you young in body and mind!

P.S. Don't forget to enter to win a free private reformer class! Leave a comment and you will be automatically entered into the draw :).

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