Even if you know nothing specific about Pilates, it is likely that you are aware that is has something to do with your core.  Great, but what does that mean and why is it important?  The short answer is your body needs a strong, stable connection between the upper and lower body.  The primary focus of all Pilates exercises is to develop and challenge the deep muscles in the abdomen and spine.  We are all too familiar with the global muscle groups (in chest, arms, back and legs) used in daily activities, sports and gym workouts which are gross motor skills.  Think of working your core muscles as developing fine motor skills.  Pilates exercises strengthen these important core muscles by slowing down the pace, and controlling the body in smaller, more precise ways.  The aim is more fluid and supple movement that connects all the parts of the body to make a stronger whole.

Because Pilates fine tunes muscles, you will find the classes challenging in a different way than other exercise programmes.  You will not have a sweaty, cardio pumping experience but you will notice how difficult it is to co-ordinate movements while using the correct muscles.  You will find that moving slowly is actually much more challenging than letting momentum carry you in quick movements.  You will need to be mindful of your skeletal alignment and where you are in space which will help with balance in daily life and activity.  Finally, as you develop strength and technique, you will notice that you walk taller, have less joint and back pain, feel more agile and more fit to tackle physical challenges.