The Benefits of a Pilates Mat Class

A Pilates mat class is a group exercise class where participants perform Pilates exercises on the floor while on an exercise or yoga mat. In a Pilates class, your body weight is the main source of resistance. Pilates is a fantastic option for anyone looking to complete a solid workout because the moves can easily be modified to meet your exercise requirements.

Pilates is an exercise class that is similar to yoga, but that focuses on your body’s core muscles meaning the abdomen, obliques, lower back, thighs and butt. With the main focus being on being on the body’s core, Pilates helps you increase strength, improve flexibility, build muscular endurance and all while improving areas such as coordination, balance and posture. In a Pilates class, much of your attention is spent on ensuring you are practicing the exercise moves with proper form. Due to this increased attention to detail, there is a much lower chance of injury than if you were to participate in other exercise classes. As you can imagine, there are many benefits to attending a Pilates mat classes.

Strengthens Core Muscles

Pilates classes are great because they help you establish and build a solid base of strength. Pilates helps strengthen your core muscles, which are located in the deep muscles layers of your body’s trunk. Core muscles work together to both support and stabilize the spine so that you can move around and lift things.  

Increases Flexibility  

Many exercise enthusiasts that regularly run, jog or complete cardio workouts find themselves short on time. To save time, they often neglect to dedicate time to stretching. The thing about this is stretching is an important component to any comprehensive health and fitness program. If you cut corners and neglect to stretch you may end up overly tight and with stiff muscles, which can increase your risk of injury. Attending a group fitness class like the Pilates mat class at Fit Academy can help you fulfill your weekly stretching requirements while helping you carve out the necessary time to get this completed.

Builds Back Strength

Pilates movements target key back muscles to help strengthen and establish support. Pilates exercises work to strengthen weaker muscles and stretch out those that are tight. Building core and back strength is crucial to your health because not only does it help prevent injuries, but it helps minimize back pain. What many people are unaware of is the fact that back pain is often caused by having weak abdominal and back muscles. Back pain is linked to your abdominal muscles because if those muscles are weaker than say your back muscles, your back muscles will have to compensate for those that are weaker. As a result, these muscles have to work harder and that is where the pain can stem from.

Low Impact

Pilates classes help you increase flexibility, strength and stamina without causing stress on your joints. This means that Pilates classes are low impact, which is perfect for anyone that may be suffering from medical conditions causing chronic pain, aging or that may be pregnant. If you are someone looking for low impact exercises, you should try walking, water aerobics, swimming, yoga or a fitness class like the Fit Academy’s Pilates Mat Class.

Provides Mental Benefits

One of the greatest aspects of participating in a Pilates class is that the class provides a total workout of both the body and the mind. Pilates offers a variety of mental health benefits including the fact that it helps to: reduce anxiety, increase focus, improve memory, reduce stress and minimize depression due to the increased release of serotonin.

If you are interested in attending a Pilates mat class in Beaverton, Oregon, the Fit Academy offers this type of group fitness class. For more information, visit our website or call (971) 371-3666 for more details!

 

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