Pilates- Made for Men and Women Alike

Contrary to popular belief, not only was Pilates created by a man but it was also first used by men! German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates actually started Pilates as a form of rehabilitation for soldiers during WWI.  It was also used for dancers and had the ideal focus of balancing the mind, body, and spirit. Then in the 1920s, Joseph moved to NYC and opened his first Pilates studio.

Now Pilates continues to thrive as a popular exercise for both men and women alike to strengthen muscles, improve balance, relax, and more!

Here at Endurance, we offer classes and Privates Sessions not only to women but to men as well!

Some of our clients, like Tony, have been kind enough to share their experiences and the benefits they gained from taking private classes at our studio.

  1. Background -Why did you start Pilates, and how long ago?

“I’ve always been really active. I played sports my whole life, and I was a big runner until a knee injury sidelined that hobby. Since then, I’ve worked out with a personal trainer and have done a lot of weight-lifting.”

“I started practicing Pilates four years ago because I had done research and kept reading that it was incredibly effective as a complement to weight training. I am an avid golfer, and I wanted to increase my core strength to help improve my game. I had heard and read so much about it, I figured, Why not?”

  1. How has it helped you in your life/ workout life, etc?

“It’s been a total gamechanger. I can absolutely tell the difference not only at home but also in my workouts. I feel stronger than I ever did when I only lifted weights.”

  1. How has it changed your body – how you live your day to day life?

“My flexibility is infinitely better than it used to be. From the little things—I can touch my toes without bending my knees—to the bigger ones—the back pain I used to have is completely gone—it’s completely changed my day-to-day life.”

“I have improved flexibility and more control of my body. I feel like I’m the fittest I’ve been, even compared to my twenties and thirties, and I can confidently say this is the strongest I’ve ever felt, particularly in my abdominal muscles, my lower back, and my core.”

  1. Why did you choose Endurance?

“It’s really straightforward—Endurance is classical Pilates, and I didn’t want to waste my time practicing a bastardized form of it. It also has the best, toughest instructors who make me feel challenged every time I’m there.”

  1. Anything else you can tell us about your experience with  Pilates/Endurance/Teachers at Endurance?

“My wife and I love the studio. The entire experience really sets it apart. You won’t find a more dedicated, knowledgeable staff anywhere else. Everyone is so committed to helping you achieve your goals and improve—we wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Tony is only one of the many men who come into our studio and benefit from the amazing things Pilates can do for your mind, body, and life in general. It’s never the wrong time to give Pilates a try!

Offers:

If you’re interested in trying out Pilates or want to sign up for Private Classes, check out the website: http://www.endurancepilatesandyoga.com/

To sign up for a Private Trial Session,  click the link: http://www.endurancepilatesandyoga.com/intro-pilates-private-trial.html

Why is Pilates Beneficial for Marathon Runners?

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All runners focus on strengthening their legs and their aerobic threshold but, too often, runners make the mistake of neglecting everything else. Running uses so much more than just your legs and your heart. Your core, which Pilates helps build in a uniform manner, is a huge part of running.

Your abdominal muscles include more than just the superficial “6 pack” muscles (rectus abdominis). As you can see from the diagram below, the abdominal muscles consists of the transverse abdominis, rectus abdomens and oblique (internal/external). This is distinctive from your core muscles. The core, on the other hand is your transverse abdominis, the pelvic floor, diaphragm and multifindi (diagram 2). All of these muscles work together when you think of “using your core.” In Pilates, we often refer to working and building the strength in our powerhouse, which is comprised of the “central” muscles – the abdomen and core muscles (described above), lower backs, hips and buttocks.

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Here are a few examples of how a strong core can help improve your running times and keep you injury free.

A strong core will help hold stabilize the pelvis. If your pelvis is out of alignment or unstable, you can become prone to injury. It can cause other imbalances further down the leg and may result in any leg issues (knee/hip) or low back pain. As you build your core, your abs will help you stabilize every time you make impact with the ground. This will reduce the need to overcompensate for imbalances and instability with other muscles.

Pilates will also help to increase flexibility, improve running posture and increase your power (as we focus on using the glutes and hamstrings in conjunction with the core).

While Pilates tones and strengthens, it simultaneously stretches. In every exercise you should feel a stretch and lengthening, which over time will help to increase flexibility in muscles. Pilates is well known for improving posture or helping to alleviate back pain. Every Pilates class or private helps to open up the front of the shoulders and to build the muscles towards the back of the body to hold the shoulders back. Lastly, we as mentioned above, the Pilates powerhouse incorporates the glutes and hamstrings. In every class, we work to build the strength in the glutes. Often students enter our studio not knowing how to “find their glutes.” We help students learn to activate them during Pilates classes, which translates to increased power outside the studio.

“I believe that a lack of core-strength and flexibility can create long term motor skills problems as the body continually adapts to find the path of least resistance and turns away from proper running mechanics.” -Terrence Mahon (Mammoth Lake Track Club)

Did we convince you? Take the guess work out of “am I doing it right?” and try incorporating one of our group Pilates mat class a week into your running routine. We offer a special “Pilates for Runners” class led by Christie, a marathoner and Pilates instructor at Endurance. This mat class focuses on building the core and is geared specifically for runners. Plus, it’s winter – the perfect time to gain strength for the next running season!

Stress Less at Endurance

Stress Less at Endurance!  Because for One Hour, all you will be able to think about is you!

Joseph Pilates called his method Contrology and according to him….

“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology [Pilates] that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained.” Joseph Pilates

Want to take your mind off everything else going on around you- for an hour?  I will admit it- I seriously started doing Pilates because I needed at least one hour in my life on most days of the week where I didn’t have to think about anything else except exactly what I was doing with my body at that particular moment.  I couldn’t think of my grocery list or the 10 things I had to do when I went back to the office after my evening class.  Lots has changed since then, but I still use my Pilates workouts to get away from the rest of the world.  I can’t check my email, texts or monthly sales numbers when I’m backbending on the reformer.   I could do other forms of exercise session- spin, step…get on a treadmilll or elliptical and try and zone out, but everything I had to do or was worried about would creep into my mind.  That is certainly not the case with Pilates!

When students perform Pilates exercises at Endurance, we give them lots of direction as to how to move precisely and with control- there are no haphazard movements in a Pilates class.  Once we’ve established a certain level of control, we add in more flow and more moving pieces to control.  It’s the “mind over movement” that makes Pilates the ideal workout for stress relief.  During a particular exercise, you will be told how to do it, where to feel it, how to make it even better for your spine and overall physique.  Our instructors have taken years to learn Pilates in their own bodies and have plenty of practice “squeezing the juice” out of each and every exercise.  They when it is time to slow the workout down for precision and when to speed it up to flow.  Ever had a difficult time meditating?  Because you were trying to clear your mind and all those to-dos kept creeping back in?  We guarantee that for one hour, the only thing you will be able to think about is your tummy, tush and inner thighs working really hard to move your body in a more perfect and precise way in just about anything that you do outside the studio!  Come clear your mind with us and get a great butt and flat abs while you leave your cars by the door!

“Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.” Joseph Pilates

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