Updated: Aug 19, 2020
To understand the answer to this question, we must first answer the age-old question, what is Pilates? Still very much the lesser-known sibling of Yoga, Pilates is a form of controlled movement like no other.
Whilst many people believe Yoga and Pilates to be the same, there are a series of subtle differences that make each unique and effective in their own right.
Pilates is a controlled movement practice that focuses on rebalancing your body and mind (so far so Yoga, right?), but the significant factor in the practise of Pilates, is the focuses and structure of each movement, all emanating from you Powerhouse, the group of muscles that forms you central core and supporting muscular systems.
The powerhouse area of your body goes from the bottom of your ribs to your hip line. It includes the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, muscles around the hips, and the glutes (bottom muscles). All Pilates moves stem from the powerhouse.
So does this powerhouse make Pilates better than other conventional strength training programmes? Of course, there is no easier answer. Your best training programme will ultimately be defined by your personal goals and those are as different as our DNA, but here are the top five ways Pilates will help build your strength and muscle tone;
Controlled movements that utilise small intrinsic muscles providing better support in training
Focus on precision movements ensuring maximum results
Endurance through repetition and static stability, building strength and muscle tone
Full body static strength and mobility workout in one class
Utilising body weight and balance to increase the challenge and build overall strength
Pilates builds long, lean muscles by building a solid Powerhouse you are in a much better position to carry out additional cardio and strength training whilst reducing your risk of injury or fatigue.
Think of Pilates as your reliable best friend, the one who is there to help you feel better and keep you on the right track to achieving your full potential.