• Melissa Connolly

Do Pilates and Barre strengthen your body?

Yes! These are amazing workouts for building strength!

Pilates and Barre build strength in a way that balances the whole muscular development of our body. This includes equalizing the strength between our right and left sides, strengthening the inner deeper muscles in balance with the outer larger muscles, and balancing the strength between the back body to match the strength of the front body.

Although Pilates and Barre do not follow the traditional 3 sets of 8-12 reps of an exercises that targets a specific body part, we are working the entire body in every single class for balanced muscular development. Traditional strength conditioning relies on isolating muscles one at a time to take them to fatigue (for example, a back and biceps day) versus incorporating them into a whole-body exercise.

Both forms of exercises focus on proper form, body alignment and posture, which in turn leads to an overall strengthening of muscles and the appearance of an aligned, lean body. In just one workout, you will work your entire body instead of isolated body parts and over time, muscle tone, core strength and flexibility will increase.

Pilates Equipment work uses spring tension for resistance and while we only do 5-10 reps of each exercise we are strengthening all muscles, working on balance, stability, mobility and an ease of movement. A Pilates workout can tone your muscles, sculpt your core, improve your posture and balance, and even prevent and relieve certain issues like lower back pain.

In Barre class we use our own body weight or very light weights for resistance and focuses on small, deliberate movements. Muscles are worked to the point of fatigue, and then stretched for relief. In a barre class you will work every inch of your body for a head to toe strengthening workout!

When we strengthen the muscles equally throughout our body it actually makes us less prone to injury in everything else we do in life. That’s the true benefit to working hard in a class. Balanced muscular development in your body is the key to living a healthy pain free and functional life!

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