If you live in Gauteng or the surrounding area and are looking for a form of exercise that will benefit you in more ways than you could ever imagine, you should really try BASI Pilates in Pretoria! Regardless of who you are or in what shape your body is in, there is a place for you in our studio. We deal professionally and personally with all our visitors to the studio, as well as all our members, and we provide the ideal form of exercise for people of all walks of life. The large, the small, the fit, the unfit, the lean and mean, the elderly and the young, we love them all, and they love our Pilates in Pretoria!
If you don’t understand the concept of Pilates, here are some fun facts for you:
· Pilates originated from a man called Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany and emigrated to the USA. He was fascinated by the movement of the body and patented a completely new approach to exercise at the time. He was also a body builder and studied a nursing degree. He practiced various exercise methodologies, which included gymnastics, yoga and t’ai chi. Initially, it was used to rehabilitate injured athletes and performers, but the obvious benefits showed very early on, so Pilates became a fully-fledged exercise discipline on its own.
· Pilates is suited to just about anyone. People who can benefit from Pilates in Pretoria include the following:
o While it is often difficult during pregnancy to find an exercise regime that will maintain or improve fitness and strength levels, Pilates succeeds where many other forms of exercise don’t. Because it is low (or no) impact and promotes breathing techniques, the strengthening of the pelvic floor and the core muscles, it is the ideal form of exercise for women whose bodies are struggling to cope with the growing weight of a baby.
o Many professional athletes or other sports professionals incorporate Pilates into their daily exercise regimes because it provides aspects of movement that are not covered by other forms of exercise. The core is immensely important to all sports people, and working on core strength provides benefits in many other aspects of performance.
o Even frail or elderly people can build up strength and fitness with the regular practice of Pilates. It is possible to vary the intensity of the exercises and build it up according to the abilities of the body. It provides balance and muscle strength – two things that add value to the life of an elderly person.
o Because Pilates is highly focused and requires high levels of concentration on the movements while also applying breathing techniques, it is particularly helpful to people who are very stressed or suffer from anxiety and concentration problems. The focus on the movements requires people to move into a zone where they don’t have space to concentrate on anything else, and they learn to become entirely focused during a class. This provides valuable escape and coping mechanisms during times of stress and inattention. The breathing techniques provide valuable tools to deal with anxiety in a productive manner. Any exercise is good for body and mind, and our Pilates in Pretoria provides the perfect answer.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits that our BASI Pilates classes in Pretoria can provide, please give our friendly team a call today!