As Franklin’s fitness and pilates expert, SMARTCore Fitness Method is dedicated to providing you with fitness programs that improve your body’s fitness, alignment, and holistic health. That’s why we offer a diverse range of pilates, reflexology, bodywork, and meditation sessions.

In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about one of our favorite fitness classes: pilates. Here are a few of the many benefits that pilates classes can bring to your life.

Pilates improves cardiovascular health.

Pilates doesn’t just improve balance and alleviate pain—it can be a killer workout, too. The average person can burn over 300 calories in a one-hour session, and even more when reformer machines are bringing resistance into the mix. Plus, the steady cardio workout will help you improve your lung function and cardiovascular health.

Core strengthening exercises are often the most exhausting, which is why so many people are surprised about the intensity of reformer pilates sessions. The nice part is that you can take pilates at your own pace to achieve the best physical and mental results.

Pilates encourages self-awareness.

Breathing isn’t exactly something we think about on a daily basis. But more often than not, we’re not breathing as fully or efficiently as we could be. Pilates forces you to actively focus on your breathing pace and depth, so you always have the oxygen you need for our pilates session

When you focus on your breathing so actively, you’re pushing out all of your daily concerns, stresses, and stray thoughts from your mind. This is the beginning of physical and mental self awareness, as well as spiritual peace and clarity. Your brain will be flooded with oxygen from proper breathing and exercise, and your mind will be focused and undisturbed by concerns of the outside world. You’ll feel more in control of your body, too.

Pilates promotes proper alignment.

Good posture and spinal alignment are critical for holistic health, which is why pilates is such a useful and important exercise. By practicing pilates with proper form, you’re stretching out and strengthening your spine, improving the function of the muscles that promote good posture, and relieving neck and back pain.

But proper alignment doesn’t just help with physical improvements. Good posture and proper spinal alignment will make you feel more confident as well. According to social psychologist Amy Cuddy, improved posture and positive body language can improve your confidence, physical self-awareness, and overall success in all aspects of life. This, my friends, is the power of pilates.

At SMARTCore Fitness Method, we actively live the pilates lifestyle, and we want you to be a part of it! No matter your fitness level or holistic health needs, we welcome you become a part of the SMARTCore Fitness Method through reformer pilates group sessions. Start your holistic fitness journey, and sign up for a class today!