Pilates & Cross Training
Submitted by Ana Caban on March 23, 2013 - 1:26 am
We’re about to start the new year, when everyone jumps on the bandwagon to shed the holiday pounds, and perhaps the additional weight that they put on earlier in the year. I’m all about people exercising, whatever their motivation. What worries me, however is how people jump into all kinds of extreme workouts without the required flexibility and core strength to do those types of exercise safely. That’s where Pilates comes in as the answer to building strength, flexibility and body awareness. Because Pilates is “mind/body” exercise, (or as I prefer to refer to it, “conscious movement”), it really helps people become more “in tune” with their bodies. Being in tune with your body helps you know your limitations, strengths and weaknesses, when it comes to attempting any type of exercise, or endeavor.
I love Pilates, and I love cross training. My typical workout week includes studio cycling classes, Pilates mat & equipment workouts, ballet barre class and weight training. When I have the time I also like to throw in a Latin dance class. But what I like best of all is the body awareness that core strength that I have from my Pilates workouts that transcend to whatever workout I may do, on any given day. Not convinced? Add Pilates into your workout routine and see how it makes anything else you do better! Get started here!
Do you cross train, too? If so, let me know what workouts you enjoy doing.