Los Angeles, CA – 09/13/2013—The abdominal regionis popular in the fitness world as a strong core is typically a sign of astrong body. Core strengtheningexercises have advanced beyond the traditional sit-up or crunch, with differentforms of exercise such as Pilates offering the same, if not better, results inabdominal training.
Pilates exercises consist of low-impact flexibilityand strength building movements focusing on the lower back, abdominals, hipsand thighs. Routines are similar tocallisthenic exercises, consisting of 25 to 50 repetitive strength trainingmovements. Common misconceptions haveled people to believe the practice is only for well-trained athletes. Inreality, modern day Pilates is an excellent program for any fitness level andprovides numerous health benefits.
Pilates helps increase body awareness, leading tobetter posture and awareness during any activity. "It is an education in bodyawareness," says trainer Siri Dharma Galliano, owner of Live Art Pilatesstudio in Los Angeles. "It changes your shape by educating you in dailylife. When you're cooking, brushing your teeth -- the lessons are coming hometo pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down. There is an attentionrequired (in doing the exercises) that changes your awareness.” This increased awareness in posture helpsease back and joint pain, the most chronic complaint among inactiveindividuals. Another benefit of thepractice is that it can be done anywhere, in a minimal amount of time. A series of
Pilates exercises can be done in an hour long classor in as little as ten minutes when time is of the essence. Pilates exercises focus on core strength,creating not only an eye-appealing midsection, but making everyday activitieseasier to accomplish.
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