Combining Pilates with Strength & Conditioning Exercise



Strengthen all your muscle groups by combining Pilates with your gym conditioning exercise. Pilates exercise focuses on your deeper muscles that support your joints, or your slower twitch muscles. Conversely, strength and conditioning exercise focuses on more superficial muscles, your torque producers. In order to perform well in daily activities as well as in sports, we need all layers, deep and superficial. Therefore, think of Pilates of the scaffolding workout for your gym workouts.

What is ‘conditioning?

Conditioning training is defined as “the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014). Furthermore, you can change your physical appearance by utilising stress, not mental stress, but adaptive body stress. Pin other words, putting your body under a certain amount of stress (overload) increases your physical capabilities. You can force the body to adapt and shape with a tailored Pilates exercise programme from Core Kensington. As a result, you can tone your body, strengthen your joints and increase your health and well-being.

Is Pilates Exercise different?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by the late Joseph Pilates, which focuses on developing the body’s core muscles. Furthermore, Pilates teaches body awareness, helps develop good posture, increases strength and flexibility, and creates a toned body. Contemporary Pilates focuses on restoring the natural curvatures of the spine and incorporates modern widely accepted principles of biomechanics and sports science, while preserving the classical Pilates repertoire.

Benefits of Combining the Two

Pilates and strength training are quite different, but they actually compliment one another quite nicely. Moreover, Pilates will work with the deep supporting muscles required for the conditioning exercises, producing fantastic effects in a short time.
In fact, if your main goal is tone up, improve your mobility or rehab, an hour or two of Pilates added to your existing weight training programme will do you well.
Gym exercises that are hard to execute correctly become easier when tackled with the increased mobility and deep point strength that you gain through Pilates.

Back Pain Problems?

Mechanical low back pain is one of the most common disabilities seen by GP’s. “Moreover, Medscape reports that approximately two thirds of adults are affected by mechanical low back pain at some point in their lives. Therefore, back pain is the second most common complaint in ambulatory medicine. Back pain is the third most expensive disorder in terms of health care, surpassed only by cancer and heart disease”.

Pilates exercise can help mobilise your spine, strengthen your core and reduce back pain.

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