Why Choose Pilates
What is your core in pilates?
The body’s core is the front, back and sides of the body from the shoulder girdle to the hip girdle. Building a strong core will help you in your daily activities and also with other types of fitness programs you may be doing. A well balanced and healthy core includes flexion, extension and rotation movements.
Many times I am asked if pilates is fat burning and the answer is “yes”. There are ways to increase the fat burning potential by increasing speed, level of difficulty and length of the workout. Incorporating pilates rings, pilates balls, flex bands and small weights can also help with fat burning potential.
Pilates is offered in group fitness classes which you will find at your local gyms, private studio, or on DVD’s. I also recommend that you find a certified instructor and do several one on one trainings to make sure you have the correct techniques and form when performing the exercises. Maintaining a neutral spine can be difficult to feel or even know unless you have a trained instructor that can help you to accomplish this through a series of exercises.
I recommend doing pilates at least 3x a week but it can be done every day as long as you are careful not to over work shoulder joints or hip joints. Listen to your body and you will have a safe and effective workout.
Here is a list of free pilates exercises with full description – http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesexercises/Free_Pilates_Exercise_Instructions.htm
Free youtube video of an intermediate Pilates Abs Circuit – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY8kSAKjUb0
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- 2 15-oz cans cannelini (white kidney) beans, rinsed well in a colander and drained
- 1/2 small red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 cup (packed) fresh parsley, washed well, rinsed, and chopped
- juice of 2 lemons
- sea salt to taste
- white pepper to taste
- cayenne pepper (optional)
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9.5 g fat
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