These results are associated more-so with Pilates than other fitness modalities because:
- The great attention to detail and form is a perfect way for a client to gain balanced strength.
- The slow, controlled movements help prevent injury to the body.
- Pilates is low impact and gentle on the joints. It does not induce inflammation or overuse syndromes.
- The movements enhance body awareness and balance, such that chronically weak and imbalanced muscles become equally strong, helping to correct over-training.
- The methodology focuses not only on strength but also flexibility through its strong emphasis on concentric/eccentric muscular contraction.
- The client learns to move in such a way as to free up faulty movement patterns.
- Use of the body’s own weight for resistance is safer than more traditional bodybuilding-type exercises which carry a higher risk of injury.
- Emphasis on core strength decreases the risk of injury.
- Because Pilates trains patterns of movement as opposed to isolating individual muscle groups, it can lead to fewer injuries, better coordination, and improved strength and flexibility.
- Pilates movements are three-dimensional, making them more functional.
- The spring resistance of the equipment more closely resembles muscular contraction. The greater resistance occurs at the muscle’s strongest point of contraction, and less resistance on the initiation and completion of the contraction lessoning the stress on tendons and ligaments.