I've been taking a Pilates class twice a week for 6.5 months, and have withessed countless benefits... I am much stronger, more flexible, more relaxed, my posture , which I thought was very good to start with, has vastly improved, and my clothes fit much better. (My double chin is almost gone!) It has shrunk my midriff , hips and tummy, and as a sufferer of Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, I have less "flares", and am less tired. The first time I took the class during a flare, it shortened my painful days by half. It definitely builds muscle. My shoulders and hips, which always felt tight, are loose and relaxed.
2 1 hr. classes a week, along with 1/2 hour (interval training) on the elliptical machine when I have the time, and I am set. I once took a toning class when my pilates instructor was away, and the instructor told me I must be a long-time regular, as I am fit and strong- that was after 5 measly months. I am hitting 50 soon (mother of 9, and grandmother of another 9)- and am still over 30 lbs overweight, but the compliments on my "weightloss" keep rolling in!
- 5/25/2008 10:15:18 AM