Pilates in Brisbane and Toowoomba – an exercise program synonymous with precision. It’s all about taking control of your body, syncing your breath, and toning those muscles.
Get ready to feel stronger, leaner, and a whole lot more flexible as we work into the core, and focus on our bodies. Zama’s Pilates classes are fun and upbeat – it’s astonishing how much easier things get when we’re listening to some killer tunes.
Taking a Pilates class in Brisbane or Toowoomba is a great way to mix up your yoga practice too. So, join us in the studio for Zama’s unique take on Pilates, one of the world’s most popular exercise methods.
Head over to the Toowong yoga timetable or Toowoomba yoga timetable to find a Pilates class that suits you. And, if you’ve got little ones at home, some of our Pilates classes welcome kids and toddlers too. Bring ‘em along for a good old-fashioned workout!
First things first, while there may be overlaps, Pilates is not yoga. In fact, unlike a yoga practice, the focus of Pilates is much more on the physical outcomes rather than the mental benefits. That’s not to say your mind won’t grow sharper and clearer, because it will. We’ll just be working extra hard into our muscles (mainly the core) to achieve strength, flexibility, and definition.
Pilates was invented by a guy called Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. The exercise regime was initially designed to be a rehabilitation program for soldiers injured in World War I. Many soldiers successfully regained their health and well-being by stretching, stabilising, and strengthening key muscles in their bodies through a select variety of highly controlled exercises.
Pilates is a whole-body exercise, described by Joseph Pilates as total body conditioning. Pilates emphasises proper alignment, control, precision, graceful movement, breath awareness, and concentration.
To achieve this total body conditioning, the core focus (no pun intended) of Pilates is, well, the core. The core refers to the area of your body between the shoulders and pelvis, and encompasses major muscles such as your pelvic floor, transverse abdominals, and your multifidus muscles.
Having a strong core as a foundation can improve everyday movements and positions – such as ensuring proper posture while sitting at work – and eliminate aches and pains in the back.
Zama’s Pilates classes in Brisbane and Toowoomba are a combination of the classic Pilates and contemporary Pilates. Our love for yoga might creep in too. We can’t help it!
The Benefits of Practicing Pilates in Brisbane or Toowoomba
The benefits of practicing Pilates are almost never-ending. Keep it up, and you’ll notice all kinds of wonderful things happening to your body and mind.
Want to know more? Check out these six benefits of practicing Pilates in Brisbane and Toowoomba.
1. Pilates is amazing for your abs
Forget sit-ups and crunches, if you want killer abs, Pilates is the answer. Pilates hits your core, and science backs it up. According to a Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise study, 36 weeks of Pilates training will strengthen your abs by a massive 20 per cent. What’s more, it’ll also even out imbalances between the left and right sides of your core. Hello perfect posture!
2. Pilates is safe on your joints
Get all the benefits of physical exercise without damaging your joints. The slow and controlled nature of Pilates tones and strengthens, and gets your heart racing without jarring actions or high-impact movements.
3. Pilates can minimise back pain
Did you know improving your core strength can help minimise back pain? Well, good news – as a core-busting exercise, Pilates can ease aches and pains in the back by improving your posture, rebalancing your muscles, and realigning your body. Plus, as Pilates improves your flexibility, you’ll enjoy a greater range of movement.
As you begin to strengthen your core, you’ll notice all other exercises become easier – not just ab work. Core strength can help you lift more, run further and faster, find better alignment in yoga, and more.
5. Pilates is an exercise for the body and the mind
Joseph Pilates titled his workout program ‘The Thinking Man’s Exercise’. What he should have said was Pilates is ‘The Thinking Human’s Exercise.’ There’s no denying the mental power it takes to perform the very precise, controlled movements Pilates demands. Studies have shown just how powerful Pilates can be, citing improvements in the brain’s alpha peak power, memory retention, and other cognitive functions after just 10 weeks of Pilates training.
6. Pilates makes you much more flexible… and fast
Never ever think you’re not flexible enough for Pilates – that’s the whole point. Pilates is a fantastic way to lengthen, relieve tension, and improve your flexibility. One study claimed that after 20 Pilates classes, subjects’ flexibility levels improved by almost 20 per cent!
Even more benefits of Pilates in Brisbane and Toowoomba
Still not convinced?
Here’s a quick list of even more life-changing benefits of Pilates.
- Improved muscle tone and definition
- Harmonious muscle strength – evenness in the left and right sides of the body
- Improved spinal stabilisation
- Better posture
- Injury prevention
- Increased lung capacity
- Improved body awareness (proprioception)
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved stress management
Pilates in Brisbane and Toowoomba – an exercise for everyone
The young, the old, the super-fit, and those just getting started – Pilates truly is an exercise suitable for just about everyone.
In a Pilates class, you are free to make choices that suit your body and your fitness level. For example, you can work out with just your own body weight, or grab some weights and take things up a notch.
Remember, if you’re just starting out, are injured, or have any questions or concerns, our friendly, experienced teachers are there to help. They can tell what is and isn’t safe, and guide you through challenging movements, resulting in a much more rewarding Pilates practice.
Get started with Pilates today!
Put on your yoga pants and head to the studio!
Discover the joys of Pilates in Brisbane. Check out our Brisbane Pilates timetable to find a class time that suits you. Or, phone the Toowong studio on 07 3162 1652, and we’ll answer any questions you might have.
In Toowoomba, get started by looking at the Toowoomba Pilates timetable. If you have any concerns or queries, call the studio on 07 3162 1652.
We’ll see you soon!