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7 things you may not know about Pilates

Pilates has gained immense popularity in recent years as a holistic approach to fitness and wellbeing. It is a powerful practice that strengthens the body, improves flexibility, and enhances mind-body connection. However, while the Pilates industry is thriving, we find there are still some common misconceptions about the practice.

Let us shed light on 7 things you may not know about Pilates: 

1Pilates is challenging 

Pilates may appear graceful and effortless, particularly when demonstrated by experienced practitioners. However, behind those seamless movements lies a challenging workout that requires concentration, control, and precision. Don’t underestimate the power of Pilates to give you a full-body workout and leave you feeling pleasantly sore the next day! 

2. Pilates can be practiced on its own or complement other forms of exercise 

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, yogi, or engage in other physical activity, incorporating Pilates into your routine can provide significant health benefits. It can enhance your performance in these other activities by improving core stability, flexibility, and body awareness. Integrating Pilates into your fitness routine can help prevent injuries and enhance overall athletic performance. 

3. Pilates is not just for the young and fit

Contrary to popular belief, Pilates is not limited to young and fit individuals. It is a low-impact exercise method that can be modified to accommodate different fitness levels, ages and even individuals with certain physical limitations or injuries. Pilates can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs and goals. Here at The Hundred, we offer Seated Pilates, a class designed with modified Pilates movements performed seated in a chair. This class supports participants with limited mobility, allowing them to receive the health benefits of these exercises without needing to lie down.

4. Pilates goes beyond the physical

While Pilates is renowned for its physical benefits, its impact extends far beyond the body. It is a practice that emphasises the mind-body connection, promoting mental clarity, stress reduction, and overall wellbeing. Pilates sessions often incorporate elements of mindfulness and breathwork, helping you cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness. It is for this reason that we offer Reiki meditation classes; an ancient modality that helps improve overall wellbeing by relieving stress, improving sleep, and bringing awareness to how your emotions are affecting your mind and body. 

5. Equipment is not a requirement

Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and Cadillac, can enhance your practice, but they are not essential for experiencing the benefits of Pilates. Mat-based Pilates exercises can be equally effective in building strength, improving flexibility, and promoting core stability. Mat Pilates allows for greater accessibility, as it can be practiced anywhere with minimal equipment. You can find our range of mat-based Pilates classes here

6. Pilates is not just for women

Hands up if you perceived Pilates as being mainly for women? You’re not alone! In reality, Pilates is a practice that can benefit individuals of ALL genders and abilities. Pilates offers a balanced and functional approach to fitness, focusing on strengthening the entire body, improving posture, and enhancing overall movement patterns. Men can reap the rewards of Pilates, including increased strength, flexibility and injury prevention. 

7. Consistency is Key

Like any fitness practice, consistency is vital for reaping the full benefits of Pilates. While you may experience immediate results, the true transformative power of Pilates unfolds overtime with consistent practice. Regularly attending classes, focusing on proper form, gradually challenging yourself, combined with a healthy lifestyle, will lead to long-term improvements in strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing. 

Wanting to begin your Pilates journey with a studio that prioritises quality, expertise and a welcoming community? Look no further than The Hundred, located in Scarborough! 

Explore our website to discover more about our studio, experienced instructors, and the range of classes we offer. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned Pilates enthusiast, our team is ready to guide you towards achieving your fitness goals. 

Take the first step towards a stronger, more flexible and balanced body by signing up for our 2-week introductory offer for just $55! Experience the transformative power of Pilates and embrace a healthier lifestyle with The Hundred. 

Get in touch with our team today and let’s start your Pilates journey together! 

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