Has your fitness routine flown out the window this winter? We wouldn’t blame you! If you’re trying to muster up the motivation (and the courage) to exercise again, Pilates may be the perfect way to get you started. Whether you’re easing back into working out or you hit the gym daily, Pilates is a fantastic exercise that’s beneficial for everyone!
In the article below, Pilate instructor Tahlia Grogan shares why she loves Pilates and five reasons why you should incorporate it into your regular exercise routine.
I am a full-time Pilates instructor based in Melbourne. I started my Pilates journey completing a certification with STOTTs Pilates in 2011 and I have since also completed a Certificate 4 in Pilates and a Diploma in Clinical Pilates. I taught at multiple studios around Melbourne until I found One Hot Yoga and Pilates.
One opened their Melbourne Pilates studio in 2014 and I was lucky enough to be one of their founding instructors. I now work solely at One as their Pilates Program Director, Instructor and Lead Educator. Over the past 6 years, I have been lucky enough to help develop our Pilates offering, run workshops and international retreats, and now create and run our Pilates Teacher Training education program. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing studio and community.
What inspired you to start Pilates?
I was working overseas as a professional dancer when I sustained a back injury resulting in chronic and crippling back pain. I started Pilates to try to help manage the pain while I was dancing. I immediately fell in love with the method and the way it made my body feel. I eventually transitioned careers from dancing to Pilates teaching. It was the best decision I have ever made.
What do you love about Pilates?
Pilates empowers you to take control of your own body and your own life. I leave every Pilates class feeling stronger and ready to take on the world. Pilates classes are tough! There are many times throughout a class I want to give up but I push through because I know I am going to feel amazing after. I take this mentality into life outside of Pilates. I know that if I can get through that really hard exercise then I can get through anything difficult thrown at me that day.
Do you need a certain level of fitness to start Pilates?
Pilates is for everybody! All fitness levels, ages, genders, shapes and sizes can not only participate but hugely benefit from practising Pilates. There are endless ways to vary Pilates exercises and multiple pieces of equipment used too which allows us to tailor exercises to individual needs. From elite athletes training for performance to complete beginners or injury rehabilitation, there is something for everyone at any stage of their lives in Pilates.
What are some benefits of practising Pilates?
There are so many benefits to practising Pilates, including improved coordination, strength, mobility, stability, efficient movement, postural strength, mental rejuvenation, self-awareness, self-confidence, restoration of natural movement, enhancing your overall well-being and quality of life – just to name a few!
Is it enough to have Pilates as your only form of exercise?
Pilates is amazing for strength and flexibility. I would also recommend adding a regular cardiovascular activity to your weekly routine. Depending on your fitness level and goals, this could be a regular walk, run or cycle. This coupled with a regular Pilates practice will keep you feeling fit and healthy.
What would you tell people who underestimate Pilates?
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Seriously, go try it!
Also, do your research when finding a Pilates studio. What are your goals and what does that studio specialise in? If you can marry these two together, then I have no doubt you will LOVE Pilates.
What are five reasons to start Pilates?
Pilates improves both our physical and mental strength, which will trickle out to so many other areas of our lives. We have the power to be strong and take control of our destiny. Joseph Pilates said “Be in control of your body and not at its mercy.” The Pilates method gives us the strength to achieve this.
In Pilates, we move through the full range of our muscles and our joints. So, whilst we are strengthening the body we are also lengthening, which improves mobility. Having greater mobility results in ease of movement, a better range of motion throughout the body, improved performance and decreased risk of injury.
3. Mental Health
In our busy lives, it is so important to take time for yourself. Time to breathe, away from the screen, away from the stress of work, family and everything else we have going on in our lives. A Pilates class can be that special time you set aside for you. Taking time for a Pilates class which leaves you feeling stronger can set a ripple effect of positive energy through your day.
Beyond the exercises and the hard work, Pilates should be FUN! We want to make you laugh, smile, and feel connected when you walk into our studio. We have worked hard to create a community culture at One because we know it elevates the entire experience. We lift each other up because we are better together.
5. Overall Health & Wellbeing
Pilates focuses on improving overall health by bringing strength and harmony back to the body and mind. Pilates is not about looking a certain way or toning any one muscle. Pilates is about feeling better, feeling stronger and feeling happier.
Keep up with Tahlia on Instagram @tahls.pilates and if you leave near Melbourne and would like to try a class with her, you can find out more about One Hot Yoga & Pilates at @onehotyoga and www.onehotyoga.com.au.
If you’re ready to start your Pilates journey but aren’t sure what to expect, click here to follow a short 15-minute class with Tahlia.