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Think you have to sweat up a storm to really see changes in your body or fitness levels? Simply not true. Celebs like veteran Angel Alessandra Ambrosio have low-intensity Pilates classes to thank for their trim, toned bods. But why does Pilates get such a good rap?
Well, this slow but challenging workout helps improve your overall posture, strength and flexibility – three key factors to get your body in prime physical shape. Plus, as Alessandra’s Pilates trainer Heather Dora explains, “Pilates engages the whole entire body – you don’t have to worry about missing a body part and can continue to challenge each and every one.”
Alessandra, 36, says, “I do one [class] called Pilates Platinum in LA once a week, which makes your abs and legs super-tight and toned.”
Why do Pilates?
“Pilates... is designed to lengthen, strengthen and increase flexibility,” trainer Heather explains.
And there’s good news if you want to rock a washboard tum like this Angel – pretty much every Pilates move works your core area, and if that area is firm and strong, that’s a good starting point to get the rest of your body in peak shape!
“When you start focusing on your core, you r realise that all of your muscles are connected through your co core,” explains US Pilates instruct instructor Tracy Zindell. “With a stronge stronger core... the rest of your workou workouts improve.”
Not a Pilates pro like Alé? Try a standard class, then graduate to the more advanced Reformer Pilates, which uses a reformer machine to add resistance to your workout