The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Pilates in White Rock:
Pilates training focuses on strengthening and conditioning your entire body. Balancing muscle strength so imbalances in the body are corrected is key. Clients often think they have weak abdominal muscles and come wanting exercises that focus primarily on their core. What they don’t realize is that they might have equally weak muscles through their shoulders and lower back and need to strengthen and tone these areas so their whole torso is balanced.
We tend to to focus our attention on the front of our body because we can easily see and feel it. How often do we look at, or feel, our own backs?
Pilates training starts with some basic and fairly easy exercises. New clients often think that these exercises might be too easy, because they can easily do them. The question is, how are they doing them? You can breeze through a simple exercise and get very little from it. You can do an exercise using one side of your body more than the other side, or you can use your lower back muscles when you should be using your abdominal muscles more. I have a couple of exercises with variations that can test if a person is using their correct muscles. Clients are usually amazed at the results. With one simple adjustment to a simple exercise, clients usually have trouble completing the exercise or simply can not do it. The point has been made and usully the client is intrigued and eager to learn more.
Pilates Tip: To get fast, positive results from all exercises form, control, and engaging the correct muscles is always the best way to workout. It is not about how many reps you do, but how you do them. When an exercise becomes difficult the body will try and find the easy way out. It will activiate the stronger muscles in your body to do the exercise, even if it means twisting or bending. You will progress much faster if you have a Pilates instructor who can give you enough time to point out what adjustments need to made. Professional athletes and dancers are always training to improve on their technique for optimum performance. If you are going to take the time to do an exercise, it makes sense to get the most you can from it.
Julie Akin is the head Pilates Instructor and owner is Synergy Stayingfit Pilates in White Rock / South Surrey. To discuss your options, fitness plan ,and free evaluation call : 604 809-9463