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Martina leads group Pilates classes at FITTOP every Tuesday at 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM in the small hall.

WHAT IS PILATES? Pilates is an exercise method that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. This method combines exercises that strengthen the body, improve flexibility, strengthen deep core muscles, and enhance overall body stability. Pilates focuses on the connection between the body and the mind, emphasizing precise execution of exercises and proper breathing. The fundamental principles of Pilates include:

  1. Centering: Pilates focuses on activating the center of the body, which includes the muscles of the abdominal wall, spine, and pelvic floor. This central core muscle complex is key for stability and strength.
  2. Control: Pilates exercises require precise control of movement. Each exercise is performed slowly and with control, which helps prevent injuries and improves the effectiveness of the workout.
  3. Breathing: Proper breathing is crucial. Breathing is synchronized with movements and helps release tension in muscles and provides energy for the exercise.
  4. Concentration: During exercises, it’s important to concentrate on specific muscles and movements. Concentration on the exercise helps achieve maximum effectiveness.
  5. Flow of Movement: Pilates emphasizes the flow and continuity of movement, which helps improve flexibility and reduces joint stress.

Pilates can be practiced on special exercise machines like the Reformer or Cadillac, or on a mat, which requires greater body control. This exercise method is suitable for people of all age groups and fitness levels and is often used to strengthen the core, improve posture, and alleviate back pain. Pilates can also help increase overall strength, flexibility, and body coordination.