When I began to look at new ways to help strengthen my hips and low back a friend recommended Pilates to me. I sort of laughed it off a little at first, but just out of curiosity I looked into it. I am really glad I did. It is an hour I look forward to every week and usually when I am working with Sunni my instructor we are laughing and working out at the same time. I have gotten much stronger, the hips no longer hurt, the back issues related to that are also gone. I got my 75 yr old mom doing it and she loves it.
What makes it so great ? First it really is fun. No work out is the same, I learn something new every visit, or I try and perfect what I learned the last visit. Unlike the gym where you can vary how or in what order you do something eventually you will be doing the same exercise over again. Pilates gives you thousands of different ways to a crunch.
Secondly, you can advance in complexity. What killed most gym workouts for me is that boredom factor. You can increase the amount of weight, the number of reps, the speed you do the rep at when you are at a gym, but you will never really change the basic of a bench press. PIlates would take the bench press, add a variation and you have a whole new exercise for the same muscle groups
An additional benefit is how pilates targets entire muscle groups, small and large. By including the muscles you don’t see in the mirror, the mirror muscles actually work better. By exercising all the muscles around my hip, I have beaten the pain that was becoming a daily visitor.
Its a discipline just like Karate or distance running, but a very easy one to really enjoy.