A healthy, toned body is just the start of the physical transformation you expect by practicing reformer Pilates regularly. Reformer Pilates in Melbourne is a complete workout for both the body and the mind and has the potential to increase fat loss, develop muscle tone, and build strength and flexibility, leading to a more toned lean-looking physique.
Most Pilates exercises focus on building up the deepest layer of muscle, which can develop and hone long, lean muscles that will help create a stronger inner and outer frame. This has a dramatic impact on your overall body composition.
Many people who seek to lose weight don’t necessarily want the number on the scale to be smaller, but rather to be able to have more muscle mass and less body fat. Whether or not the number on the scale changes then becomes irrelevant, as your body composition has changed and you are looking leaner and more toned. Pilates achieves this really well as it makes use of both bodyweight training and actual weight training, which sculpts your body and allows you to have a better muscle to fat ratio.
The Pilates exercises we practice on the reformer machine use resistance to induce muscular contraction. By stretching the muscle, the muscle fibres lengthen and re-align, which is an amazing way to shape the body, giving our students a tighter and leaner physique.
Strengthens your core:
During Pilates classes in Melbourne, 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%, helping their stomachs look a lot more defined.
The breath work we do during Pilates classes in Melbourne fuels the metabolic system, which promotes increased fat burning and can result in weight loss. Daily practice will also promote hormonal balance, thus making it easier for you to maintain a healthy body weight and shape.
How many times a week should you do Reformer Pilates?
While there’s no magic number when it comes to reformer Pilates, the amount of times you practice depends on what kind of results you want to see. To quote Joseph Pilates: “In 10 sessions you will feel better, in 20 you will look better, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” Generally speaking, like most fitness workouts’, practicing 3-4 classes per week is a good guideline to stick by.
Why do people incorporate Pilates into their fitness regime?
There are many reasons why people incorporate Reformer Pilates classes into their fitness regime. The benefits are endless! However just to mention a few, you can expect to see include improved 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 mental health, cardiovascular fitness, stress management and ability to relax. To hear more about the results you can expect to both see and feel, see our ‘Health Benefits of Pilates’ article.