PILATES sounds too good to be true - no pumping, no pounding, no burn - a wonder workout that transforms your body without pain. All you need is a mat, loose clothes and a will to learn.

Don’t believe it? Well, just ask Liz Hurley, Meg Ryan, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham. Many men, too, swear by pilates - Manchester United, the Scottish rugby team and Wimbledon champion Pat Cash all incorporate it into their training programmes. It is also widely used by golfers, horseriders, dancers and athletes.

A total body-conditioning programme, pilates exercises are designed to build what’s called a ‘girdle of strength’ by focusing on abdominal and postural muscles. Pilates exercises give you a longer, leaner shape, better posture, a strong back and more mobility. Yet, unlike other exercise techniques, Pilates will not produce over-developed muscles.

The good news is that you don't have to kill yourself to get results. Ten minutes a day is enough to achieve the considerable benefits. It doesn't involve a huge commitment and sessions can be easily worked into your day, at lunchtime or after work.

Pilates is suitable for anyone – young or old, fit or not. It is easy to learn but physiotherapists recommend that anyone suffering from back pain or other injuries may benefit from a one-to-one session with a trained teacher before beginning regular practice. Exercises done correctly will maximise the benefits.

For further information on PhysioNow pilates classes, or to book into a class, email us at… info@physionow.ie

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