• Does Pilates give you a toned stomach?

    Does Pilates give you a toned stomach?

    Are you looking to sculpt a tones, strong stomach without having to religiously do sit-ups till your abs scream out for help? Prahran Pilates might be your answer!

    While getting a flat and toned tummy is no easy task, Prahran Pilates focuses on the deepest layer of abdominals, helping you to build core strength and sculpt an all-round stronger body, particularly around your midsection.

    The reason Kaya’s classes are particularly beneficial for toning the stomach, is because we work ALL of your abdominal muscles, including the six-pack rectus abdominis, the waist-defining obliques, and the deep transverse abdominis, which is the lower part of your abdominals often missed in traditional ab workouts.

    Many movements and postures we do during class require you to hold your core in place, while moving your limbs in different directions. This challenges your body with balance and stability, and strengthens your core over time allowing your abdominals to become more defined.

    In a study conducted by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, they found that after completing 36 weeks of Pilates training, women strengthened their abdominis by an average of 21%.

    Does Pilates help you lose belly fat?

    Pilates Prahran can definitely help you lose belly fat, but it’s important to note that targeted weight loss is not possible, meaning that if you want to lose belly fat, you’ll need to aim for overall weight loss.

    The good news is, this can all be achieved through regular Prahran Pilates classes. Our classes are a complete workout for the entire body and if practiced often enough and coupled with a nutritious diet, can definitely aid with weight loss.

    However, at Kaya, we like to encourage our students to focus on building their core strength, rather than weight loss. While many of you may be feeling keen to lose unwanted belly fat, it’s important to remember that enhancing your core strength won’t only give you the flatter stomach you desire, but will also support you in other areas in your life.

    Your core muscles are the base of support for your entire body, so improving your core strength will help in everyday activities, from getting out of bed, to picking up after your children, to even helping improve posture and preventing back pain.

    Can Pilates change your body shape?

    Yes! If you practice Prahran Pilates regularly, you will certainly notice a change your body, not only physically but also mentally. Pilates is renown all over the world for creating long, strong muscles and an overall leaner look, while improving muscle tone and bringing a beautiful defined sculpt to your body.

    What does Pilates do to the body?

    Pilates Prahran offers a number of both physical and mental benefits that have the capacity to completely transform your body. Just to mention a few, you can expect improved flexibility, balance and posture, increased muscle strength and tone, better blood circulation and breathing, improved stabilisation of your spine, increased body awareness, as well as better concentration, stress management and ability to relax. To hear more about what Pilates Prahran can do for your body, see our ‘Health Benefits of Pilates’ article.