I’ve been interested in the workout secrets of people who appear to be in very good physical condition. It seems that many of them are sharing their success with Pilates, which is a movement based program designed to target your core muscles, breathing, posture, stability and coordination.
While Pilates has been around since the early 20th century, it did not reach its full popularity until the turn of the 21st century. Now there are millions of people engaging in the activity and the numbers keep growing.
One notable Olympian who reports using Pilates as a part of her training is swimmer Dara Torres. The 45-year-old wife, mother and five-time Olympian (she fell short in her attempt to make this year’s team) has said, “In swimming, speed comes directly from the core, so Pilates helps immensely.”
Other Olympians who have reportedly used Pilates to enhance and tone their bodies were 2008 USA women’s volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, who are seeking their third gold in London.
Celebrity Pilates trainer, Brooke Siler, says that the workout is popular with celebrities because of the amount of work you can get done in an hour session. You can focus on flexibility, strength, mind and breathing control, all while burning calories. That does seem like a great way to spend an hour.
While Pilates may be a choice workout amongst celebrities and famous athletes, it’s certainly beneficial to anyone who is mentally and physically capable of performing. If you think you might want to try Pilates, be sure to seek medical advice if you have any questions regarding your physical readiness or capabilities.