December 20, 2005

New ways to find pain in the gym

It is called Pilates. One fellow fitness center regular who has become a friend has brought a Pilates instructress into the FC in the morning to lead him in Pilates floor exercises. He kindly allowed me to join in and try it. I did that morning and learned a new way to say pain. We lay on the squash courts on mats and were tortured for about an hour by this gorgeous young woman. My abs may need a day or so to recover.

Anyone out there done this before? Should I continue with it? Are there any benefits to it that you found?

Posted by Random Penseur at December 20, 2005 11:04 AM | TrackBack

There is a football team, I can't remember which one, that has added pilates to their workout regimen. Their injuries are down significantly and the coaches all said the players are performing better.

Posted by: phin at December 20, 2005 11:44 AM

Continue. It's good for you.

Posted by: CJ at December 20, 2005 12:04 PM

Just you wait, there's more pain to be experienced tomorrow. You may hurt now, but tomorrow you'll find out that there are muscles in your midsection that you didn't know existed.

I highly recommend Pilates mat work. You'll feel a lot stronger. For me, I feel a lot taller when I'm done with a workout and more graceful, which is not something I normally feel because I'm a born klutz.

I don't know if she told you the story behind Pilates, but Joseph Pilates was a sickly kid and these were the exercises he invented to help himself get well and stay well. He was a nurse in WWI England and when the Spanish Flu epidemic hit his hospital, the patients under his care---who had been doing those exercises and strengthening their cores---were the ones who survived, while the flu ravaged the rest of the hospital patients. You're not only working muscle groups that usually get skipped over, you're working your respiratory system in a way that enhances its functionality. Your lung capacity will increase, and with it your entire body will work better.

And what's really great about it is that you don't sweat while you're working out! Which, any way you cut it, beats cardio!

I can't recommend it enough. Stick with it!

Posted by: Kathy at December 20, 2005 02:12 PM

I agree with the preceding comments. Pilates (once you get past those unfortunate biblical connotations) is great for you: it strengthens and tones your core; improves your balance and flexibility; and builds muscle while working your heart.

Posted by: GrammarQueen at December 20, 2005 02:38 PM

I have some Pilates DVDs just waiting for my little sprout to be born.

From what I've seen, it's a very beneficial workout.

I so desperately want to be flexible. *evil grin*

Posted by: Margi at December 20, 2005 03:59 PM

It's the most amazing workout around. How do you think Madonna stays so well preserved? Ha - as if you needed *that* much inspiration.



Posted by: Jennifer at December 20, 2005 04:32 PM

In addition to the background that Kathy gave you, I can tell you very basically why Pilates is so good. Weight lifting is strength training that shortens your muscles. Pilates is stregth training that lengthens your muscles. Both are needed, but Pilates will give you a better foundation as it works from your core. Keep up. It's worth it.

Posted by: Linda at December 22, 2005 09:54 PM
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