Clinical Pilates: Not Just for Flat Abs and Eliminating Bulges

Are you a regular gym goer who has tried all the machines and don’t have too much to show for it? Gym equipment can be exciting, but once you get over by the “newness” of the machine, it can get boring. How about trying something new?

Clinical Pilates AdelaideWhy not sign up for clinical Pilates Adelaide at Kinetic Rehabilitation. But what is clinical Pilates, and what are its benefits?

Pilates is an exercise that is primarily focused on your core (or, “powerhouse”). Studies show that completing 36 weeks of Pilates training gives women an average of 21 per cent stronger abdominal muscles while eliminating bulges on the right and left sides. Having a tight core will also mean you get to experience the following:

Relieve Back Pain

Pilates can relieve back pain. The stronger core developed through this exercise equals a better back. That’s why those with chronic lumbar pain who practised Clinical Pilates Adelaide at Kinetic Rehabilitation for only four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a doctor and other specialists. Additionally, the pain can be virtually eliminated for a full year after Pilates. Researchers believe that by stabilising the lumbar-pelvic region, Pilates relieves stress in the area and increases mobility.

Easy Exercise for Your Joints

The slow, controlled movements of Pilates have minimal impact on your joints.

Improve your athletic performance

When you focus on your core, you realise that all your muscles are connected through it. By having a stronger core, you can run faster, your yoga is on point, and overall, the rest of your workouts get better. Plus, by working in small groups or one-on-one with a Pilates instructor, you can learn moves that mimic and improve performance in your sport of choice.

Make You More Flexible

You might say that you cannot do Pilates because you are not flexible enough. To the contrary, that is the very reason why you should do Pilates! In a study, when young women (without any prior Pilates experience) performed 20 Pilates sessions, they became 19.1 per cent more flexible. When the muscles are tight, they limit your body’s range of motion which, at best, can disparage your exercise performance. In the worst case, it can cause injury.

Increase Your Brainpower

Joseph Pilates called his training method “the thinking man’s exercise.” When Chinese researchers measured changes in women’s brain activity after ten weeks of Pilates training, they found an increase in the maximum alpha power of the brain, which is related to neural network activity, the memory performance, and other cognitive functions. Practitioners believe Clinical Pilates Adelaide at Kinetic Rehabilitation may even have the potential as an option to treat people with degenerative brain diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.