Pilates can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body—all while relieving stress. If you’re looking for a new body conditioning program, look to Pilates.
The Benefits of Pilates
- A refreshing mind-body workout
- Build strength without "bulking up"—gain long, lean muscles and flexibility
- Develop a strong core—flat abdominals and a strong back
- Create an evenly conditioned body and prevent injuries
Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques.
No other exercise is so gentle to your body while providing a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. The range of difficulty can easily be modified from beginner to advanced to provide you with the workout that best suits your needs, and increases as your body conditioning improves.
Pilates is a safe, exercise program no matter what your age or condition, and St. Jude Medical Center offers classes perfect for beginners, intermediate or advanced.
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Pilates Mat Class
Mat classes follow a set but flowing choreography using the body's weight for resistance. The emphasis is learning to control specific muscles during exercises and is a good option for beginners or those who are new to Pilates. Participating in at least one class each week is recommended for consistent training and benefits.
Class participants utilize resistance-based equipment with a moving carriage that slides along a wooden or metal frame called a Reformer. Springs and ropes provide assistance and resistance for exercises performed lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing while adjusting them to be easier or more difficult, depending on your needs or fitness level.
Many Pilates enthusiasts prefer working on Reformers, which offer more resistance and support than a mat.
Designed to teach basic exercises and techniques for those who are new to Pilates or those who prefer a moderate exercise pace while still getting all the benefits of a refreshing mind-body workout.
For individuals who are experienced and comfortable with basic Pilates movements who want to take their training to the next level by incorporating new or additional resistance, movements and techniques.
Pilates training is also available in private sessions for