Do you want to:
Be more efficient?
Burn more calories?
Feel sexy and improve your "relations"?
I am passionate about a few things in my life. Professionally, I can narrow it down to two (or three if we count music, since technically playlists are part of my profession): indoor cycling and Pilates. I love 'em because they are efficient forms of exercise, they complement each other, and they make my body and mind feel strong and focused. It is a sensational feeling. I have tried all kinds of exercise disciplines and I remain most loyal to and inspired by indoor cycling and Pilates. These two forms of exercise not only add enjoyment to my life, but combined they are all you need for a well-rounded fitness program: cardio, strength, and flexibility. There you go, that's why it feels so goood! You know the joy in the ride. Discover the joy in Pilates too.
Joseph Pilates developed his method with 5 basic principles in mind (by the way, all of these principles apply to your ride on the bike too!):
1. Concentration: In order to perform an exercise (or most things in life!) well, concentration and full attention is required. Going through the motions is not enough. One must bring body and mind together in order to execute an exercise properly.
2. Control: The Pilates method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at it's mercy. You need to concentrate fully to be in control of every aspect of your movement.
3. Centering: All movements should initiate from your core. Power from your center ensures stability and greater strength from your extremities.
4. Flow: Pilates is flowing movement outward from a strong center. Movement should be controlled, precise, and graceful (like a JoyRide).
5. Breath: The breath, like the body, should be controlled and efficient. In Pilates we breathe laterally, expanding the ribs, and exhale forcefully to clear out the old air and make room for the fresh stuff. Teaching our bodies to breathe more effectively has many bonuses - including muscular endurance (and controlling your temper in bumper-to-bumper traffic).
Finally, Pilates can improve your "relations." For those not yet transformed by the magic of Pilates and "in the know," read up and enjoy additional benefits: