Have you heard about Pilates Workouts? You must have heard a lot of it since the last couple of years seeing all the celebrities using Pilates reformer for their workout regime. A lot of breath work and very controlled movements come in mind when anyone thinks of Pilates.
There are many ways to tone down the belly muscles but it is due to the controlled breathing and orchestrated movements in Pilates workouts that ensure results.
Pilates is not new now but it is not used very much in the fitness circle, mainly because it helps tone and does not contribute to weight loss as much as HIIT and other workouts.
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. As stated in self.com. In any form of workout, it is very difficult to tone and strength the core muscles which is the focus of pilates.
Should you be worried that you do not have Pilates Reformer?
The answer is no! Pilates can be done on the mat. It is a series of movements performed keeping the breath in check. There are many pilates moves that can be easily done on a mat.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
There have been instances where there are years that are gone into hardcore workouts and still the body posture is not corrected. The core is not strengthened, there is still pain and discomfort after long hours of sitting. Pilates is one such workout which includes strength, flexibility along with core strengthening. Though the emphasis is on core strengthening, arms, and shoulders, the lower body also gets toned. What else we want?
How should you start with Pilates?
Just grab a mat and start with beginner level Pilates workout videos as below and you get started.
This one video of full body workout is amazing to just start with
How To Tone Abs?
In my opinion, the best take away from Pilates is the core strengthening. If you are actively wanting to lose some weight, combine Pilates with your cardio and strength workout regime. But if your aim is to tone the abs just keep doing pilates consistently with proper breathing technique.
I have been working out with Jillian Michaels with her DVDs, one of her DVDs had Denise Austin’s pilates and I have tried a couple of workouts, so here is the special mention of Denise Austin and below are her pilates videos. I find her voice very soothing.
Move With Nicole:
Here is a 20-minute ab workout by Nicole. It is a very good and measured workout.
The one fact which we should not forget that abs are made in the kitchen. Despite working so hard if you are eating junk food, you might not see the results.
Here are some online home workouts, please take a look.