Pilates / Strengthening - Kickback

This short clip showcases an isolated strengthening exercise of the glute muscles and hamstring extension on the Pilates Reformer. 

A great exercise for toned glutes and a hamstring stretch.   



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What is Pilates?

"Pilates is a system of exercises using special equipment to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness." According to Joseph Pilates, "Pilates is a method of 'contrology' - the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.  This method elongates and strengthens muscles, creating a lean, toned figure focusing on core strength, which alleviate back pain and help prevent against injuries."  He also sought to design an exercise program which focuses more on  fewer and more precise movements (control and technique over repetition.)  

The Reformer is an adaptable piece of exercise equipment that was designed by Joseph Pilates, which promotes muscle length, flexibility, strength, and balance.  It is designed with a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage.  Its resistance is provided by the exerciser's body weight and springs that hold different levels of resistance attached to the platform and the carriage, while providing support.

Pilates is focused on core strengthening, balance, and posture.   Pilates training sessions will help you build strength, flexibility, and lean muscle, with the overall goal of lengthening the body and aligning the spine.   Pilates  focuses on the core of the body through slow and deliberate exercise, and is often recognized as a safe and effective workout for people of all ages and abilities. Another benefit of Pilates is that it is still used for rehabilitative purposes.  Clients can expect to achieve  increased flexibility and mobility from each session, as well as better postural awareness, alleviation of back, neck, and joint pain, and better balance and coordination. 

Key Principles of Pilates:

Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. 

Remember, Pilates uses your body weight for resistance.   Pilates focuses on working both small and large groups of muscles, and over time, core strength, flexibility and muscle tone will increase.   

Note:  Pilates is not an aerobic exercise method, so it is best to combine it with a few days of cardiovascular exercise. 

Pilates training sessions will help you build strength, flexibility, and lean muscle.