“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body” Joseph Pilates
You probably already know many of the benefits Pilates such as increased strength and flexibility, improved posture and many more function focussed benefits. But what if you actually just want to look better in your jeans or a little black dress? Can Pilates help you achieve that?
While Pilates is not a slimming regime, it can help you achieve the body you want as part of a weightloss programme. When you build muscle, your resting metabolism (the number of calories you burn at rest) increases, which means your overall calorie burn throughout the day and night will increase. This is true for any exercise that build muscle.
But have you ever done a lot of exercise, lost weight- and yet still not achieved the shape you are after? Some exercise forms put a lot of focus on the larger power muscles (which we do need of course), but over developing those can make your body feel and look “chunky” and not give the leaned, toned look you might be hoping for.
Pilates will help you acquire a balanced body shape, toning up all areas of the body without unnecessary bulk. With regular practise, you will start to see your body shape change.
So, if looking good in your jeans is your reason for doing Pilates, then that is a completely valid reason.
It’s about creating the body YOU want, whatever your driving motivation is.