Since Pilates I have found that I have more strength to physically challenge my body, this has allowed me to undertake activities that I never thought possible as I age.
To me, Pilates training puts you in top form for any active or physical outdoor pursuit.
One of the activities I am currently doing is SUP (stand up paddling).
For existing Pilates followers, SUP is a great activity to highlight how various exercises movements benefit the body. The Pilates push up for example is great for the Core and shoulder strength required in paddling.
However SUP is also a great activity for those new to Pilates, as students will immediately feel the various muscles that we try to activate and work in a studio, being turned on automatically because they are on a SUP on a very unpredictable, changing surface.
I therefore decided to teach a series of SUP Pilates classes.
With SUP Pilates – not only do get all the benefits of Pilates – including elongated muscles, a more flexible spine, learning proper breathing technique and a stronger core, but students also get to see how Pilates exercises are integrated into activities and movement.
Here are some of my TOP benefits for SUP Pilates.
1. Practical Integration
People in the studio doing a class do not always connect an exercise to a practical movement in everyday life, and using the SUP will highlight this, for example the Pilates movement of the TWIST sees the spine and muscles moving in the same way with paddling on the SUP. Studio exercises reinforce correct movement patterns which are transferred to everyday movements, therefore making movement more efficient and decreasing the risk of injury through faulty movements.
2. Muscle Employment
Often working in a Pilates class students are not always sure what various exercises should feel like and what muscles should be activated and how they should feel. So with a SUP Pilates class, the body has no choice but to activate a lot of the core muscles we use in class automatically. By simply standing on the board and Paddling on the ocean, an unstable surface, students will feel the abs, pelvic floor and various other muscles being turned on. So they get a first hand experience of muscle activation. Other muscles are reinforced in the other exercises we do on the SUP. Just balancing makes you employ all your core muscles.
Similarly, while students in a Pilates class may think they have really good technique and find the movements easy, SUP will highlight any flaws and movement issues, as you will fall off – so you have an automatic cueing gauge.
3. Six Packs
Six Packs will come quicker as your muscles are turned on automatically and don’t turn off until you get off the board.
One of the main tools to getting fit in a Pilates class, is to maintain your mental focus on your body and the muscles you are using. Often students get distracted and think about other things. In a SUP Pilates class, you have to focus the entire time on your body and how it feels or you will again fall off.
5. Its way Fun
6. Your Body will change shape.
SUP Pilates gets people outside and moving and of course you will get fit. You will get great toning and shaping due to continuous employment of all muscles for the whole duration of the SUP lesson, a little quicker than in a class – where students will turn muscles off and on when they get tired.
7. Burn Calories
You will burn more calories than in a studio Pilates class and also more than in a Yoga class.
8. Healthy, Active and Happy
PilatesAthlete. (www.pilates-athlete.com). We are all about using what we learn in a class and utilising the muscles and movements that are corrected and strengthened in a practical and recognisable way. We like to challenge students to do activities as with a stronger and healthier body gained in the Pilates class you can achieve whatever you want. And being healthy and active makes you happy. A goal for everyone to achieve.