Pilates Classes in Portland
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on building and strengthening the core muscles of the body as well as the mind. Pilates targets the abdominal muscles, hips, lower back, and gluteus are all targeted which improves balance, posture, coordination. The exercise is named after its German born designer, Joseph Pilates, who created the workout in the early 20th century. Joseph Pilates was dedicated to the quest for a body that is not only physically strong but also well coordinated with the mind. He termed his method “contrology.” Joseph eventually perfected his exercise method and became a multifaceted and talented athlete. He instructed others on his exercise method after moving to America after the first World War and now Pilates exercises are well known and respected worldwide.
Pilates Reformer/Equipment Training in Portland
Pilates Reformer/Equipment Training is a customized core focused full body workout. The benefits of Pilates training includes all of the same benefits as Pilates mat classes but the resistance created by the pulley and spring system provides a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. It may also produce visible results sooner — arm, leg and abdominal muscles can look more firm and defined within a dozen or so sessions.
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Different Pilates training sessions are available to suit your needs: One-on-one private Pilates workouts, partner Pilates training (you and one other person) or smaller group Pilates training (a minimum 2 people and maximum of 4 people). Our Pilates instructors utilize Pilates equipment including: reformer, arc, chair, spring board and much more. If you want to avoid injuries, rehabilitate from an injury, reduce tight and stiff areas, manage your stress and develop muscles that are both strong and pliable, then Pilates is perfect for you. Contact us today to set up your complimentary initial private Pilates training session or if you are interested in small group Pilates training, check our Small Group Schedule to see when the next Pilates training session takes place.
Popular Pilates Mat Classes in Portland
Pilates mat classes are one of our most popular classes, and is excellent for all fitness levels. Northwest Women’s Fitness is a fitness club for women that is not just a regular gym; our goal is to provide a safe atmosphere that is a balance of energy and serenity for your body and mind. We offer Pilates mat classes on our group fitness schedule that are included with membership. Check our daily Group Fitness Schedule to see when the next Pilates class takes place.
Pilates is beneficial to the body and mind in many ways. Since the core is the main focus, the abdominal muscles and back are strengthened and posture is significantly improved. Overall body strength is increased without the development of short and bulky muscles. Pilates improves overall flexibility in addition to the building of lean muscles which creates a balanced and well conditioned body. A body that has balanced conditioning is more resistant to injury. Pilates combined with other aerobic exercises is a great way to lose weight while toning the body.
If you live in the Portland area and are interested in a popular and effective method to get your body into shape, try out our Pilates classes. Our Pilates instructors can help you tone your body using the six principles to make sure you get the most out of your work. Come by our fitness center in Portland or contact us for more information on Pilates.