Pippa Middleton’s perfect derriere triggered about 6,470,000 search requests on Google, making it the most talked about rear. If you wish your bottom was as shapely, and your body as lean as her’s, then follow the Pilates exercise regime that Kate Middleton’s sister swears by.
International movement consultant Ivana Daniell, who was in the Capital recently to conduct Pilates workshop at the Aman Hotel says, “It’s a great workout routine for those who spend endless hours glued to their desks. When combined with an appropriate diet, Pilates is the best method to achieve a lean and toned body. It increases body flexibility and enhances co-ordination.”It also improves body posture by correcting drooping shoulders and straightening a curved spine. "Neck, shoulder or back pain, which are an outcome of postural problems can cured by Pilates," says Daniell.
Originally the domain of professional dancers and athletes, Pilates that focuses on the relation between mind and body has proved to be an effective work out regime. The abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks and inner thighs, are the focal areas in this method. “It’s less strenuous than running on a tread mill or cycling — easier for beginners. Posture and breathing cycle are critical elements in Pilates,” says Prachi Agarwal, trainer, Fitho.
Daniell advises practicing Pilates at least two to three times a week by focusing on quality and not quantity. But there is no cookie cutter Pilates plan, and it’s best done under an expert’s guidance. “After a thorough postural assessment, the trainer makes a plan that suits the individual,” says Daniell.
Pilates works on the whole body rather than one muscle building overall muscle strength. It requires equipments such as the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Multi Chair, and the Step Barrel, and props such as weighted balls, foam rollers, large exercise balls, rotating disks, and resistance bands
It tones body and improves concentration of mind aiding high body awareness. It reduces stress and anxiety.
Strengthening the core
Pilates strengthens the core by giving a straighter spine and posture to the body. A strong core gives a good balance making body movements effortless.
As Pilates works on all the muscles of the body, it reduces the possibility of body injuries.