Pilates has enormous health benefits — from joint support, cognitive wellbeing to better respiratory and cardiovascular functioning.
Therefore, a lot people are motivated to adopt this ancient practice in their lives. Here’s how Pilates can accompany you in your muscle building journey.
Increased flexibility, reduced injury risk
The human body was meant to go through certain ranges of motion but in today’s world we have compromised over that. As a result, we all have certain constraint over our flexibilities. When we perform an exercise that puts our body beyond a certain degree of our flexibility, injury is the most obvious thing that happens to us.
One of the standout benefits of Pilates is enhanced flexibility. Increased flexibility will reduce the risk of certain injuries.
Lift more. Lift heavy
Having a muscular frame is not just associated to how much muscle mass you have but it’s also about how well you use the mechanical links for your body.
For example, a lot of people have tight hip flexors which hinders their deadlift and squat loads. The various ‘aasans’ practiced in Pilates will open up your hip flexors and other stiff links in your body which will maximize your lifts.
Increased blood flow
The relaxation exercise in Pilates boosts blood circulation, especially around your hands and legs. An enhanced blood flow ensures that your muscles are getting proper supply of nutrients for repair and growth. You’ll also experience a better pump during your workouts and we all love that beautiful feeling.
Pilates also gets more oxygen into your cells that improve their functioning as a result.
Better sleep quality
Restorative asana, Sawasna and Pranayama performed in Pilates can help develop a deeper inward sense which provides interlude for the nervous system. As a by-product you’ll enjoy a deeper sleep making you feel energetic on the training days.
Greater high intensity workouts.
A key factor for performing well at high intensity workouts is lower resting heart rate. This gives you the ability to perform better even in low oxygen levels when oxygen supply is cut short during high intensity workouts like cross fit or super-sets.