Are you one of the millions of Americans struggling to get in shape? Do you want to improve your health and fitness but are struggling to find the motivation? Or do you have just a few stubborn extra pounds that you're finding hard to get rid of? Well I'm here to tell you about one of my favorite styles of workout: Dynamic Pilates. I'm also going to tell you a bit about how it could benefit you and how on earth you should go about doing it!
Pilates originated a long time ago and it has often been considered the workout for Dancers. This is because it is used to tighten and tone the body, whilst also improving flexibility, mobility and posture. Unlike many more intense workout styles (e.g. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Weight Training), Pilates generally uses only one's body-weight as resistance; this avoids creating any extra bulk and thus sculpts a lean and firm Dancer's shaped body. Hence, women tend to gravitate towards Pilates more than men. However, it truly can benefit anyone.
Dynamic Pilates is very similar to regular Pilates, except it incorporates more movement (hence the word dynamic); this allows more calories to be burned during the workout session and is therefore, better for those using Pilates for weight loss.
My favorite thing about Pilates is that it can be done anywhere. All you need is a Yoga Mat and you're set to go! I also love how strong and agile it makes me feel. When you're training using your own body-weight, you soon find you are better able to carry yourself and life just gets easier. As a Pilates Instructor myself, I find clients are more motivated to do Dynamic Pilates as they find it a bit more exciting and more novel than typical Pilates; as such, it is an intriguing change from one's regular routine.
If you're finding you've run out of motivation to exercise, it may be that you've just lost interest in the activities you're used to doing. Why not try something new and explore Dynamic Pilates?
I wouldn't give you all that tempting information and then not tell you a bit about how to do this would I? I've put a link to a short intro video which shows some standing Dynamic Pilates moves... and what I'll do is I will periodically post other Dynamic Pilates Workout videos so readers can gradually learn more moves.
I hope you enjoy this taster Dynamic Pilates workout... (FYI: my style here incorporates Barre, due to my dance training. Not all styles are like this, but I enjoy it).