What are the Benefits of Pilates?

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

What are the benefits of Pilates? Is it for you? If you are looking for improved spine health,…

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

 With so many methods of exercise from which to choose these days, today we’re pinpointing one with staying power. That’s right friends, Pilates is not a fad. It was created in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates, and was actually originally developed for rehabilitation. Athletes and dancers have been long time practitioners, and now it’s quite mainstream! The benefits are many, but here are some points that will hopefully get you inspired to give it a try, or re-investigate if you’ve tried it once or twice. It’s just good. Really, really good.

It’s vitamins for your mind

It’s not just about the Physical benefits! Pilates boosts mental well-being.

Pilates gets you balanced!

Helps Remediate muscle imbalance. Muscle imbalance is a major reason people experience injuries & pain. Pilates is preventitive in that by developig a balanced body, m

It can help you reduce stress and anxiety

The release of tension in your body can help dramatically with the release of tension in your mind! Breathing through your practice also helps you to be in the moment.

Boosts muscular control

The control your body learns through Pilates will serve you well in a variety of other sports and activities. 

Helps you develop a stronger core (abs, lower back, hips, glutes)

Show your core some love! Pilates is famous for being an amazing core workout. You core is so much more than your abs, and you absolutely have to have a strong core in order to have a balanced physique! 

There is a slight meditative quality, but it not necessarily a relaxation

Many people find peace as they breath through a session with energy and positivity! Fittbe’s pretty famous for this positivity piece! 

Improves flexibility

Flexibility is essential for good fitness. I’ve heard so many times – “I hate to stretch.” Guess what… you need to! If you don’t stretch, you are opening yourself up to many potential problems and injuries. If you hate to stretch, or you don’t know what stretches to do, Pilates is the perfect choice because it’s built into the flow for you!

Can Help Reduce Pain

Originally built for rehab, Pilates can help reduce pain. For example, many times, people experience lower back pain as a result of a weak core.  

Increases muscle strength and tone

You get major strength benefits from practicing Pilates! Not only will you feel better, you will look better too. Now, that’s not our main focus, because we don’t want to be shallow. But, in all honestly, yes. You will look like more of a babe of you do Pilates 😉 

Pilates helps you to feel more centered

There is so much beauty in the practice of Pilates. Movement originates from your core, and as you focus on Joseph Pilates’ foundational principles, you will find that you feel more centered 

Improves posture and spine health

Pilates improves your posture and helps to prevent upper back curvature! As you work through your Pilates sessions, you will practice lifting from the crown of your head, having a neutral spine, a strong core as you think of pulling your abs in and up, along with relaxed chest.

Helps your to relax and create a balanced body

 Did you know that one of the best ways to feel more relaxed in your day to day life is to workout, and Pilates is the ideal method as you breath deeply, engage deep muscles, and find a simple beauty across all movement, conducive to less pain, more range and balanced muscles!


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Put Joseph Pilates’ Principles to Work!

Put Joseph Pilates’ Principles to Work!

Improve your Pilates practice and get better results with Joseph Pilates' principles!

Win your Next Pilates Workout with Guidance from Joseph Pilates Himself!

A little guidance from “uncle Joe” can help you crush get more out out of your next session. Let’s make sure we understand the principles of Pilates as designed by Joseph Pilates himself!


Are you kicking off a practice of Pilates for Beginners? Are you an advanced Pilates practitioner? Whether you are in the beginning of your journey with this amazing method of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, or you’ve been working on it for years, you can always enjoy a refresh of the core Principles of Pilates as designed by Joseph Pilates himself.



In Pilates, what does this really mean? Every single movement is a conscious choice. Let’s say a particular muscle is not the immediate focus of an exercise. It’s not the “star.”  Does this mean it takes a break? Not at all. Pilates is all about control. It is all deliberate. Mindful movement is the name of the game. If Deepak Chopra has taught us anything about mindfulness, it’s that “is the opposite of acting out of habit, old conditioning, and automatic reflexes. You no longer are a brain puppet reacting.”  Mindfulness applies to movement too. No muscle ever falls by the wayside. Today let’s all focus on controlling the way our bodies move and engage!


We talked about control, but what is centering? Is it the same? While definitely linked, it’s actually not the same. Centering is the act of physically and mentally bringing our focus to the center of our bodies. If you thought, core, you guessed it! That’s why in Fittbe Pilates, we’re always talking about how even if it feels like a leg exercise, it’s a core exercise. Even if it’s an arm exercise, it’s a core exercise. So stay centered in mind, body, and spirit! Don’t forget, we said it is physical focus too, and you can even engage your core when you’re sitting at your desk, stuck in traffic, or having a phone chat with a friend. Try to tighten your abdominal muscles and pull them toward your spine as you exhale. Talk about a multitasking method that can change your life for the better!



What is concentration in Pilates? It’s all about the mind-body connection. We must concentrate on the quality of each movement in order to get the most out of each exercise and session. We are paying attention to how we are moving our bodies – are we rolling through our spine as we tighten our abdominals? Are we twisting and tightening our waist with each exhale? Are we doing leg circles and focusing on the extension off our leg, lengthening with every circle as we stabilize our core with the rest of our body?  It’s my hope that everyone tries this amazing method of exercise, it’s preventative, practical, and perfect!


I have this habit of mentally commenting on people’s form when they walk or run. Sometimes I see runners and I think, ouch, their knees are really going to hurt later in life. Or maybe just tomorrow! The knowledge that my Pilates training has given me with regard to precise movement translates through my life and I hope it does for you too!

The point of this principle is that each movement performed in a Pilates session must be precise. No floppy arms. No “going through the motions.” It just won’t work. It won’t give you the results, and it won’t feel right in your body. So, always keep focus on making precise movements. If our arms are 3/4 up, that’s exactly where they are placed. Focus on precision! Do you best and know where your body is headed – be accurate – be exact!


People are often confused on this one. Usually in Pilates we coordinate breathing out with exertion. Proper breathing allows you to center yourself in the moment and supports mind body awareness. So for example, as you curl up and engage your abs, you want to tighten and engage! It also helps to support a beautiful flowing session!


We just talked about breathing and how it supports flow. Everything is linked! When grace and ease are applied to the exercises, we end up with a smooth and continuous sequence of beautiful movement like the choreographed sessions we all enjoy in the Fittbe Pilates App!


These are your principles to get the most from your Pilates practice. Keep them fresh!













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How to Work your Lower Abs

How to Work your Lower Abs

How to target your lower abs!

We get requests all of the time about this problem area!


 Simple Curl and Lifts

 Begin with your arms over your head, lying on your back. As you exhale, you want to roll up while pressing your lower back toward the mat. Hold this for a few seconds, then slowly roll down, floating your arms back up overhead! 

Plank w Knee Lowers 

It’s not good to just to “sit ups” in order to work your abs. You want to take a nice variety of body positions in order to target them in a balanced way. Thank you Pilates! We love a low plank with dual knee lowers in order to activate middle and lower abdominal muscles! It’s perfect sandwiched in between exercises with different body positions!

Feet to the Sky Lifts


Reach your feet up to the sky, stretching your legs. We might barely be able to see it, but you’ll be getting to those deep lower abs! 

Reach your feet up to the sky, stretching your legs. Go for a 90 degree angle, but if they aren’t totally straight today, that’s ok, keep working toward it!  

 Activate you lower abs as you try to lift your hips up off of the mat about an inch! These are quite subtle, but they REALLY get the job done. This is probably the very best exercise to make get those lower ab muscles engaged and working!  

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