Pilates is one of the best workouts you can find. Not only do you find yourself in a group situation with like-minded folks who also want to achieve their fitness and wellness goals, but you will find an activity you can incorporate in your life for years to come. Here at SweatHB, we offer our clients a plethora of pilates options with some of the best trainers and teachers around. You might, however, still be on the fence about pilates and what it can do for you. Maybe you’re contemplating yoga or think something like Crossfit® will be more beneficial for you physically. We promise that, while these activities are also great, there are some health benefits you can take from pilates more than any other physical fitness outlet. Today, we’ll examine just a few of the countless physical and mental benefits you can get from pilates and why you should sign up for classes at SweatHB’s pilates studio!

Calm Mind and Body

Similar to things like yoga and meditation, pilates can bring a calmness to your life. Meditation is not the singular avenue that allows you to focus and center yourself. Because pilates requires focusing on particular body parts, as well as centering on balance and contractions, participants open themselves up to a unique type of meditation and mindfulness. Rather than simply going through the motions, being deliberate in every movement during a pilates class will help to clear your mind of exterior interferences and focus simply on the task of hand; something that is often difficult to come by.

image-1Abs of Steel

Your midsection is one of the places on the body where people often feel they are falling short. Whether it is due to lack of strength or you are simply not pleased with the aesthetics, incorporating pilates classes into your fitness and exercise regimen will bring the results you’re looking for. Because you are engaging your core for balance as well as lifting and stabilization of other muscle groups, the activity during our pilates reformer classes will force you to incorporate your abdomen muscles. A strong core means bigger core muscles, which means you will be even closer to that six pack stomach you’ve always wanted.

Bodily Awareness

image-2Similar to a calm mind and body, pilates brings with it the necessity for spatial body awareness that you won’t find in many other physical activities. When working through the movements in a pilates class, you will be forced to acknowledge exactly where your body is and where you feel the most from a movement. Maybe a progression works better when you keep your knees slightly bent rather than fully extended, or maybe keeping your foot behind your hip provides better balance than if it were situated in front of the joint. Bodily awareness is necessary to know what is working and what isn’t, then adjusting accordingly. When you are a part of a pilates class at SweatHB, our instructors will ensure you are making every move count towards an increased bodily awareness, getting the most out of your activity.

No matter your reason, taking part in a pilates class is a great way to achieve your fitness goals. Our reformer pilates classes are some of the best you can find in the Huntington Beach area, and they are lead by teachers and instructors who are not just knowledgeable, but want our clients to get the most out of their experience. If you are looking for a great studio for pilates or spin and indoor cycling classes, SweatHB has something for you. Give us a call or stop by today with any questions you have, get signed up, and get ready to sweat with us!