Or are you looking to get back into it after a while, but have yet to find a good teacher?
Well look no further! If you go to the Pilates In Twickenham website, you will find on of the best Pilates instructors in the London area.
Having been to a few of Viki’s classes, my body feels more balanced, looser, agile and relaxed.
Pilates is a great form of of exercise that can be used around weight training (like I do), or can be used solely on its own (depending what level of Pilates you are doing, and what state your body is in).
Pilates was originally developed by a German guy called Joseph Pilates, who died in New York in 1967. You can find bit more about him on Wikipedia, by clicking here.
Below is a cool, old and rare video of Joseph Pilates (in 1932) doing a workout. You can see that some -if not all- of the movements he is doing, are still used in most Pilates classes around the world today.
Pilates has so many benefits on the body. To quote the Pilates In Twickenham website:
“Here are the many benefits of Pilates …..
Relief from Back Pain
Improve Balance and Coordination
Improve Sex Life
Eradicate Varicose Veins
Greater Strength and Muscle Tone
More Efficient Respiratory System
More Efficient Lymphatic System (Making it easier to eliminate toxins from the body)
Boosts Immune System (Fewer colds)
More Efficient Circulatory System
Manage Stress Easier
Flatter Stomach with a Trimmer Waist Line (Through the creation of a natural girdle of strength)
Toned Buttocks and Thighs
Toned Arms and Shoulders
Fewer Headaches (If they originated from poor posture)
Increased Bone Density (Less likely to develop osteoporosis)
Fewer Injuries for Dancers and Athletes
Helps Slow Down Aging by stretching the skin and protecting collagen.”
“Pilates focuses on building core strength and improving posture using a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises which are suitable for everyone.
Pilates will help you develop your muscles in your back, abdomen, and pelvic region without increasing bulk. At the same time you will increase flexibility and agility whilst also toning stomach and thigh muscles. Pilates will also help you develop a sense of how your body functions.”
So, if you live in or around London, and you want to give Pilates a try, I highly recommend you go and try one of Viki’s classes today!
All the best,