Pilates Iowa City IA

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Iowa Soccer Club Inc
(319) 337-5479
220 Lafayette St
Iowa City, IA
 
Fitness Xpress Inc
(319) 351-1729
1059 Hwy 6 E
Iowa City, IA
 
Cindy K's Fitness-Busy Woman
(319) 339-7435
1859 Lower Muscatine Rd
Iowa City, IA
 
Scanlon Gymnasium
(319) 356-5109
2701 Bradford Dr
Iowa City, IA
 
Iowa Gym Nest
(319) 354-5781
545 Olympic Ct
Iowa City, IA
 
Fit Zone
(319) 339-0348
213 E College St
Iowa City, IA
 
Cindy Ks Fitness For the Busy Woman
(319) 339-7435
1705 S 1st Ave Ste S
Iowa City, IA
 
Fit Zone the
(319) 339-0348
201 S Clinton St
Iowa City, IA
 
Cindy K's Fitness-Busy Woman
(319) 936-4014
1859 Lower Muscatine Road
Iowa City, IA
 
Jazzercise Iowa City Fitness Center
(319) 621-5943
1014 S. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, IA
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The Skinny about Pilates

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

The Pilates "method," as it is now known, is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility , strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. It is resistance exercise, not aerobic ( cardio ).

Pilates is closer to weight lifting than it is to  aerobic activities, and it should be considered resistance exercise.

Pilates was created in the 1920s by the physical trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) for the purpose of rehabilitation.

Pilates is a series of controlled movements performed on specially designed spring-resistant exercise apparatus (the Reformer, the Ladder Barrel, the Cadillac, the Spine Corrector and the Wunda Chair) or on the floor (mat work).

Two of the key elements of Pilates are core muscle strength and spinal alignment. The core musculature is loosely defined as the spine, abdomen, pelvis, hips, and the muscles that support these structures. Some of the main core muscles are the erector spinae (located in your back along your spine), the internal and external obliques (the sides of your abdomen), the transverse abdominis (located deep in your gut, this muscle pulls your belly button in toward your spine), the rectus abdominis (the "six-pack"), and hip flexors (in your pelvis and upper leg).

During a Pilates session, whether it's on the machines or the floor, the emphasis will be placed on your core mus...

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