Ace Women’s Fitness Specialist, Sports Nutritionist, Rehab Master Trainer, Barefoot Specialist- Priya Roongta decodes Pilates for you, on the sidelines of Namrata Purohit’s Studio Launch in Gurgaon.
It is a form of exercise, which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. It helps improve general fitness and overall well-being. It concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility.
In this form of exercise the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms. It also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.As a health expert and a practitioner of this exercise form, I have noticed that most women are either die hard enthusiasts or have never stepped foot in a Pilate studio!
Post 35? No sweat – Here’s your health fix!
This brings me to a talk about the wonderful benefits we women can reap, especially post 35 by taking regular Pilate classes.
For one, it hits the core unlike any other workout and It strengthens the rectus abdominis (muscle responsible for 6 packs). Its slow and controlled movements put minimal impact on your joints making it safe and effective and also takes pressure off your back and knees. It’s a great form of Rehab exercise for people recovering from injuries.
Flexibility is Key
It can make you flexible, and numerous studies have shown improvement in flexibility post 10-20 sessions of Pilates.
An interesting and one of my favourite benefits of practicing this form, is that women’s brain activity, after 10 weeks of training, found an increase in the alpha peak power, which is related to, memory performance, and other cognitive functions. As women age, (men too), they need safe and effective form of exercises that keep them challenged in multiple aspects of fitness and personally I find that PILATES fits the bill perfectly.
As a form of rehab exercise, it’s successful because of its approach towards the principles of pilates and another reason is that it provides greater degree of flexibility than most conventional form of physiotherapy and can be modified for each person and still be extremely effective.
Since Pilates first worked on Namrata, post her injury, she wanted to share it with the rest of the world and as she puts it, her father being in the same field was her biggest propeller.They started out with a small space in a gym and grew into a brand to reckon with today!
Samir Purohit is himself a certified trainer (Nautilus – USA) and a Stott Pilates Instructor.Samir Purohit has always been passionate about fitness. Interestingly Samir Purohit was the youngest cricketer to have played senior division cricket in 1970.
Samir’s passion for fitness, motivation to provide the best and his commitment to his work has made him a sought after fitness professional.
To the father-daughter duo credit, they have a burgeoning celebrity clientele and sports personalities as their regulars, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez and Malaika Arora amongst the list of their clients.
The Pilates studio in Gurgaon
Their first studio in Gurgaon is a reflection of the passion they have for their trade. Made keeping the functionality of a studio space with areas for group equipment workout and personal mat work and a dedicated Functional Training room. A complete solution for an evolved and aware individual.
Namrata’s Fitness Mantra is: KISS- KEEP IT SAFE SIMPLE AND SMART
The Pilates Studio F9-10, Golf Course Road Gurgaon