How Does Pilates Improve Flexibility?

Pilates offers a workout that builds on strength and balance, and can also provide increased flexibility. Learn more about the benefits of this practice.

Mindful, slow stretches can both strengthen and lengthen the muscles, leading to increased flexibility. For athletes and those who lead a fairly active lifestyle, Pilates sessions offer a way to enhance performance during physical activity. Here’s a look at the benefits of increased flexibility and how your Pilates practice can help you reach fitness goals. Our elite instructors will work with you to meet your balance, body and exercise goals.

Why Does Flexibility Matter?

When active, our bodies are almost always at risk of injury. The controlled, deliberate stretches performed during Pilates sessions help strengthen various muscle groups that aren’t targeted during typical, in-gym workouts. The intensity of these stretches further develops and lengthens these muscles, which can often be the source of common sports injuries. As you progress through practice, you’ll discover additional physical benefits:

  • Improved balance, control, and posture
  • A positive state of mind
  • Reduced pain
  • Enhanced strength and physical performance

The Power of Pilates Reformer

Pilates Reformer exercises utilize resistance to build strength via pulleys and springs. The practice is performed on a carriage that glides back and forth within a frame, in response to the effort exerted to push or pull the carriage in either direction. Reformer exercises can be done lying down, sitting, kneeling, or standing, and train the body to sustain length and coordination. These rigorous workouts will often leave you with a stamina boost and increased muscle power. Private sessions are an excellent start for those looking to learn the foundations of Pilates Reformer exercises and offer the guidance of a live instructor.

While working toward your fitness and flexibility goals, you deserve the support and expertise of a dedicated instructor. At Boston North Fitness Center, we pride ourselves in delivering results to the local North Shore area residents by offering a state-of-the-art private Training Center with Small Group Personal Training sessions, and access to personal trainers, in addition to our own in-house Pilates Studio. You’ll be hooked after a single class!

—Contact us today to learn about your FREE first session.