The power of Pilates
Never underestimate the power of Pilates
Certainly regardless of your age, gender or level of activity, the power of Pilates is recognised worldwide. Pilates exercises work your entire body and focus on your core muscles. Hence, the benefits of Pilates exercise is widely accepted. Moreover, Plates exercise compliments any other sports activity and/or gym training you do. This is how:
How does the power of Pilates work?
There is overwhelming evidence proving how your core muscles are decisive to everything you do in your every day life. Similarly, your buttock muscles are as relevant to your every day life as your core muscles are. Thus, both muscles groups give you the power you need to live a healthy life and stay healthy and pain free.
Above all, the relationship between your core muscles and your gluteus (bottom) muscles is directly interrelated.
Your Best Friend, your gluteus muscles
First of all, lets discuss your buttock muscles (gluteus).
Before stating the obvious fact that your gluteus (seat muscles) are responsible for making you look great when wearing nice par of jeans, lets talk about their functionality.
- Firstly, your gluteal muscles are the scaffolding for your spine. They support your pelvis and your spine sits on your pelvis. Therefore, the stronger they become, the less shearing and compression forces are transmitted on to your spine.
- Secondly, we use our gluteal muscles for virtually anything we do with our legs. From standing to walking, to running and dancing, the power of your gluteus muscles is what allows you to do any lower extremity activities. When these muscles weaken you are likely to develop knee, ankle and spinal problems.
During the mid and terminal stance phase of gait your gluteus muscles must support you. Otherwise you collapse onto the ipsilateral hip. In order to avoid losing your balance or sinking onto the ipsilateral hip as in the Trendelenburg gait these muscles must be strong.
Take for example someone who has lost both their lower legs. Whilst wearing long prosthetic legs it’s crucial that they have the support of these muscles.
Pilates exercises can help unleash the power of your gluteus muscles.
The power of Pilates exercises is considerable when retraining your core and gluteus muscles. As a result, your gluteus muscles will get even stronger because your spine and pelvic stability. Thus, your gluteus have no other choice but to work.
Watch the following video where a double amputee overcomes his gait limitations by regularly practising Pilates exercise and learns how to walk again.
The main focus with Alex training is core and gluteus muscles, as this will help him walk again. In fact, both muscle groups work together like hand and glove, transmitting forces through the body. In this way the body modulates the vector forces through the spiral and functional meridians to achieve proper gait.
As we age, we lose muscle volume. This leads to weakening of the gluteus muscles and thus, can lead to deficits in gait.
Pilates exercise can help restore muscular loses related to age, injury or disability.
Book your first Pilates session today and discover the power of Pilates.