Slim down, shape up: Pilates

By: Lauren Whitney Email
By: Lauren Whitney Email

11 Today kicked off a new segment Thursday called Slim Down, Shape Up.

11 Today Anchor Lauren Whitney starts our new workout segment with one of her favorite workouts, Pilates.

You might think Pilates looks easy, but once you step on the Reformer, you’ll realize it’s anything but.

Think Pilates is just for dancers or Hollywood starlets? Think again.

Laura Bradley, Pilates instructor, says, “It really takes you where you are, whatever your fitness level."

And at the Pilates Space on Main Street, there are no Hollywood starlets, just a morning news anchor and a former fitness competitor. And of course, their instructor.

So what is Pilates? And what is the Reformer?

Laura says, “You get more of an efficient full body exercise that strengthens and tones your entire body.”
By using a machine created by Joseph Pilates, you do a series of moves that center on toughening up the core and increasing flexibility.
Something Pilates student Ladonna Cruson says she’s in need of.

"I had no flexibility. I was looking for flexibility and a buildup of my core.”

Ladonna, being a former fitness competitor, knows a thing or two about working out.

But Pilates helped in developing muscles she could never get in the gym.

She says she saw "a big changed in my body. My core strength is a lot better and I’ve noticed that my techniques in the gym, I’m using a lot more of my core strength,” she says.

While Ladonna may be used to pumping iron for several sets in the gym, Pilates is much different.

Laura tells us why. "The quantity of your reps isn’t as important as the quality of the movements you’re making.”

And unlike lifting at the gym, Pilates doesn’t just work one body part at a time.

Laura says, "It’s really about your whole body, not just getting rock-solid abs.”

It’s also about breathing, something its creator, Joseph Pilates, was big on.

"It’s all about getting old air out and breathing in new air,” Laura says.

The moves and constant changing is something that keeps students coming back for more.

Ladonna says, "I like just the movement of it. It’s just freeflowing which I really like. In the gym, it’s just lifting.”

Lauren says she loves Pilates and has been doing it for years.

If you’re interested, head to the Pilates Space on Main Street, right across from the Avalon Theater.
They have a beginner package.

Lauren’s posted more about Pilates and her recent weight woes on her blog. To read it, click the link below.


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