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Functional Movement Meets Pilates: A Winning Combo for Everyday Life

Functional movement and Pilates - two concepts that might seem different at first glance, but upon closer inspection, you'll discover they are two sides of the same coin. Functional movement refers to the actions our bodies perform daily, from lifting a bag of groceries to bending down to tie our shoes. Pilates, on the other hand, is a discipline designed to enhance core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Combine the two, and you've got a powerful duo that can transform your everyday life.

What makes this combination so effective? Pilates’ principles align perfectly with functional movement goals. It focuses on building a strong 'powerhouse' (Pilates term for the body's core), enhancing flexibility and promoting mindful, controlled movements - all essential aspects of functional movement.

Research also supports this synergy. A study by Bird ML, et al. (1) found that participants who engaged in a Pilates-based exercise program showed improved functional movement compared to a control group.

At West Hollywood Pilates, our program seamlessly blends Pilates and functional movement training to help you move better, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance your overall quality of life. Stay tuned for our next post where we'll delve deeper into the specific benefits of this dynamic duo.


References

  1. Bird ML, Hill KD, Ball MJ, et al. The long-term benefits of a multi-component exercise intervention to balance and mobility in healthy older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2011;52(2):211-216. doi:10.1016/j.archger.2010.03.011


Enhancing functional movement: a determined woman skillfully incorporating a Vipr into her Pilates routine at our premier West Hollywood Pilates studio.

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