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Pilates, an exercise method that has grown in popularity over the years, has become a must for many people seeking better physical and mental health. This unique training approach combines breathing, control, concentration, fluidity, precision and centering to strengthen and balance the body. In this article, we explore the why, who and how of Pilates.

Why practice Pilates?

Thanks to a holistic approach, Pilates helps strengthen the “powerhouse” – the core of the body, including the abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and glutes.

This improves posture, reduces back pain and strengthens supporting muscles for a better-balanced body. What’s more, Pilates promotes coordination and body alignment, which is beneficial for injury prevention.
Train your body and mind by combining breathing (slow and continuous), mental control and muscular strength. A body-development discipline as well as a rehabilitation technique, Pilates promotes good posture and deep muscle tone.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is a physical activity suitable for a wide range of people. Whether you’re young or old, athletic or sedentary, beginner or advanced, Pilates can be adapted to suit your fitness level and specific needs.
For people suffering from chronic pain, such as backache or joint problems, Pilates can be particularly beneficial. Muscle-strengthening and stability exercises can help relieve pain and improve mobility.
What’s more, pregnant women can also practice Pilates in a safe and adapted way, under the supervision of a qualified instructor. This activity can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, improving support for the back and pelvic region during pregnancy.

How is Pilates performed?

Pilates can be practised in a variety of ways, including on a mat (known as a Pilates mat) or using specific apparatus such as the Reformer, Cadillac or Wunda Chair. Exercises can be performed using body weight alone or with the aid of accessories such as balls, elastic bands or small weights. The key element in Pilates is body awareness. Each movement is performed with particular attention to breathing, alignment and muscle control.

It is recommended to practice Pilates under the supervision of a certified instructor, especially for beginners, to ensure that movements are performed correctly to avoid injury and achieve optimal results. That’s why CMC328 provides you not only with specialized instructors, but also with the equipment you need to easily achieve your goals.
In conclusion, pilates offers you a complete approach to fitness that combines muscle strengthening, flexibility, coordination and mental well-being. Accessible to all, it helps improve posture, relieve pain and develop a better mind-body connection. So why not try Pilates and begin your journey towards better health and vitality.

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