I am a firm believer that everyone should include Pilates in their fitness regime (especially my 3 pilates moves for weight loss below)! The question is, how do we encourage a skeptical person to not only add Pilates to their already busy schedule, but see how Pilates strengthens everything they do in their life, in and outside of the gym? I didn’t always see it that way—I was the athlete and personal trainer before I started the amazing journey with Pilates.
As my practice in Pilates training grew, I realized how I wanted every one of my personal training clients to start Pilates to strengthen their fitness. So I began educating them on the
Top 6 benefits of Pilates for weight loss.
Some people contend that their day-to-day schedule, combined with their current cardio and strength training regimen leaves no time for Pilates. The reality is, however, you have time for what you prioritize. In truth, Pilates can and should supplement your current training program, as it does wonders to stabilize the core, improve brain-body connection and increases weight loss. Not to mention it builds a beautiful, toned-all-0ver body!
Now that you have the WHY Pilates, check out the best moves below to help you reach your weight loss goals! 3 Pilates Moves for Weight Loss
Laying face up, lift one leg up while the other is outstretched and level with the floor. Try to lift your leg as high as possible without lifting your back. Lift the leg slowly 10 times, then repeat with the other leg.
In this exercise it is crucial to have concentration and balance. First, lay on your side with your head supported by your arm, and legs outstretched one over the other.
Lift the leg up, totally stretched; while doing so contract the abdominal muscles and avoid arching your back.
Another position you can use, is supporting your hands on the floor, extend the leg straight out so that it creates a uniform, straight line with the torso.
For this position, you will need to lay on your side, with your elbow bent to help your back stay straight. Move the legs straight up from the hips; this helps maintain balance and protect the lumbar region. Try not to move the hips or the back- the only thing you will move is the leg, completely outstretched.