The Science Behind Pilates and How it Benefits Your Body

There is a lot more to Lagree Pilates than meets the eye. It’s easy to see the physical benefits you gain from this low-intensity exercise (hello, abs!) But there are a lot more than you think that are even better than those chiseled abs. 


Let’s take a look at some of the benefits your body will enjoy by incorporating Lagree Pilates into your regular workout routine. 

The Importance of Your Core

Sure, having great abs is aesthetically pleasing, but did you know that a strong core means a whole lot more than that?

Think of your body as a building. Your core muscles are the foundation. This includes your deep abdominal muscles, your pelvic floor, and your lower back – all things you’ve likely heard your Pilates Platinum teacher talk about. 

A strong core is key because it provides stability and support for your whole body. That means it affects your posture, your back health, and your performance. 


Studies support this. They show an undeniable connection between core strength and good posture. If you have weak core muscles, you’re more likely to slouch. Not only does slouching look less than fab, it also puts stress on your spine, potentially resulting in back pain. 


Enter: Pilates. Pilates works to engage and strengthen these deep core muscles to give you the support you want and need. Plus, some nice toned abs, too. 

The Importance of Movement Control

You’ll notice your Los Angeles Pilates class is more than just doing the same core exercises over and over. Rather, Lagree Pilates focuses on controlled, flowing movements that put your balance and coordination to work. 

By focusing on controlled movement, you see an improvement in something called proprioception


Proprioception is your body’s sense of self-movement. Why is this important?

Because by being more aware of your body’s movement, action, and location, you get better balance. This is key to reducing your risk of injury and falls.  


On top of the balance, you get better overall movement. That’s because, in Pilates, multiple muscle groups work together. You want your body to move as one unit rather than individual pieces. This helps make physical activity easier and also makes you less prone to injury. 

The Importance of Adaptability

One of the best things about Pilates is that it can be modified to suit specific needs, wants, or limitations. 


If you’re a runner and you injure your leg, you probably have to stop running entirely.


That’s not the case with Pilates.


This form of exercise allows you to modify it for different levels of strength and also for different injuries. Whether you’re a high-level athlete, recovering from an injury, or someone who is just starting on their exercise journey, Pilates Platinum classes are here for you to modify and adapt to your level. 


The use of the Megaformer in Pilates allows for a high level of adaptability and variety in exercises. Can’t do the move everyone else is doing? Ask your instructor for a modification and they will find one for you. 


And this is why we love Pilates so much. It is a much more inclusive exercise than many others. Regardless of your age, skill level, or athletic experience, you can benefit from Lagree Pilates. 

How Pilates Helps With Overall Wellness

In addition to your core and movement control, Pilates can help with numerous things.

Better sleep

Because Pilates reduces stress, it can help you sleep better. 

Pain management

Like we talked about earlier, Lagree Pilates strengthens muscles that support your spine. This helps with improving your flexibility, thus potentially reducing chronic back pain and joint pain, too. 


Injured? Pilates can help! Joseph Pilates created Pilates to help him recover from his injuries. Though the Lagree method is different from classical Pilates, they are rooted in the same movements and can both help with injury rehab. That’s because Pilates is great for flexibility, rebuilding strength, and helping with balance post-injury or surgery.  


There’s no denying the benefits Lagree Pilates provides the body. From building a strong core foundation to helping with movement control, sleep, pain management, and more Pilates is a holistic workout that provides lasting benefits. 


A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Core Stability Exercises in Patients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain | NIH


Proprioception, the regulator of motor function | NIH