Pilates hits your core (or, in Pilates speak, your "powerhouse") unlike any other workout. In fact, after completing 36 weeks of Pilates training, women strengthened their rectus abdominis (the muscle responsible for six-packs) by an average of 21 percent, while eliminating muscle imbalances between the right and left sides of their cores, according to a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study. Read more.
While the athletes around me kept moving, bewildered by my inaction, I knew my time was up. I could feel a twinge in my spine reminiscent of an old stress fracture. Everything—aside from the environment—told me to stop. Read more.
While there's no "right" way to get sweaty, there's no question that fitness trends can influence how people work out. And with the American College of Sports Medicine's annual survey, we're getting a look at what's going to be big this year. They've pinpointed the top fitness trends of 2018 to watch for, and chances are, if you haven't gotten in on any of them yet, you just might soon. Read more
If you're interested in switching up your fitness routine to one that is less impactful on your joints, turning to Pilates or yoga are both healthy options. However, it's easy to become confused by the specifics surrounding these two forms of exercise.
Frequently confused with one another, Pilates and yoga have many differences that should be specified. While both are more relaxed forms of fitness and share similar apparel and require bare feet or socks, the purpose of their practices differ.
Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. With classes such as mat and the more elaborate reformer, there are a plethora of options to meet your fitness needs. Read more
We've all seen him at the gym or on the beach. Huge pecs, massive biceps, no neck to speak of, and spindly chicken legs.Less noticeable is his nemesis, the lightly framed metrosexual man who seems utterly devoid of muscle mass.
Which are you more likely to find in a pilates class? Neither, and both. In an unlikely twist, a utopia of stretching, sweating and defiance of gender conformity could yet bring them together.
Practitioners of the discipline are keen to invite more men to experience benefits including 'improved posture, core strength, muscle tone and flexibility –to build stronger bodies'. Read more
No, “sitting disease” is not being lazy. In fact, quite the opposite.
It's the term used to describe the health side-effects suffered by people who work too long in the sitting position. It turns out though, there's six steps, including sitting on a bouncy ball and using some pretty cool wearable tech, that you, the boss, can take to help your employees live long, healthy lives delivering the products and services you love — and hopefully have a good time while they’re doing it. Read more
A system of exercises using special apparatus, Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. Pilates combines strengthening with relaxation. The discipline was created by German-born Joseph H. Pilates approximately a century ago. A sickly child plagued with asthma and rickets, Joseph Pilates grew up obsessing about achieving the perfect body. Read more
When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way.
A slew of new studies suggest that working out for just a few minutes -- seconds, even -- can be beneficial to your health.
Read on to find out how any amount of exercise is completely worthwhile. The amount you should do just depends on your goals. Read more
Maybe you’ve seen the sliding machines with pulleys, loops and springs and always wondered, what is that all about?
WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus visited Pilates ProWorks in Edina to see what’s up.
“We like to say it’s a that’s going to loosen what’s tight, and tighten what’s loose,” regional fitness director Jeanine Peters said.
It’s a 55-minute, fast-paced workout of slow, long movements. Sounds like a contradiction, right? Wrong. It’s hard.
“That’s one of the reasons I love it,” Peters said. “It took so much control, I can’t be thinking about anything else. Your core is constantly working. You are focusing. You are on the FitFormer, which has all of these moving parts and pieces. You really just have to have a total body awareness.” Watch video or read more
Intense exercise changes the body and muscles at a molecular level in ways that milder physical activity doesn’t match, according to an enlightening new study. Though the study was conducted in mice, the findings add to growing scientific evidence that to realize the greatest benefits from workouts, we probably need to push ourselves.
For some time, scientists and exercise experts have debated the merits of intensity in exercise. Everyone agrees, of course, that any exercise is more healthful than none. But beyond that baseline, is strenuous exercise somehow better, from a physiological standpoint, than a relative stroll? Read more