One-on-One Pilates instruction is offered at
Athletic Edge both to complement athletic training and as a functional fitness regime all on its own. While its foundation began
decades ago, Pilates is one of the most popular areas of exercise today and is suited for both strengthening the weak and challenging the
strong. Often called the "thinking person's workout" and "working in" instead of working out, the Pilates method emphasizes
precisely-controlled, flowing movements that strengthen the pelvic, abdominal and back muscles. Done correctly, it also improves
alignment and posture, increases balance and flexibility, and contributes to longer, leaner muscles and overall muscle tone.
Total-body exercises on the spring-loaded Reformer are limitless.
Both core stability and peripheral mobility are important to a healthy body, and both are achieved simultaneously with Pilates through
focused stretching and strengthening. The specially-designed Reformer apparatus is the centerpiece of Pilates work, and it helps
promote muscle tone in safe positions that do not stress the joints. Different from traditional workloads, its springs and pulleys
are designed to create progressive resistance with which the appropriate stabilizing muscle groups can work isometrically towards maintaining
correct positioning. With this type of exercise, movement control and quality are more important than quantity of repetitions or
number of different exercises performed.
The split-pedal chair is both versatile and challenging.
In addition, Pilates exercises allow for uncovering muscular imbalances that may have occurred due to injury, postural problems or
over-trainingóbut without stressing the injured area. Also, by helping clients increase control, awareness and performance of
the precise movements, Pilates exercise can decrease the chances of injury.
Training on the "Cadillac" can be very advanced.
out the completely-outfitted Pilates studio are the Trapeze Table
(Cadillac), the Ladder Barrel, and the Split-Pedal Chair. Pilates
at the Edge is the only fully-equipped facility in the area. Training
sessions are taught by a certified Pilates instructor in a private
studio and are available by appointment only. One-on-One Pilates instruction:
$70 per hour.
Pilates takes concentration with every breath and with every movement. It’s
for athletes who enjoy the process as much as the result.
The focused control results in many things other than core strength:
better balance and posture, increased flexibility and muscle tone. Some
find it relaxing, others challenging, but all can benefit from the time-tested
methods at work.