Over 9 million people practice Pilates worldwide, and for good reason. Pilates gives you a lean, toned, and balanced muscle structure while also improving sleep quality, reducing stress, and increasing flexibility and balance. All of this in a low impact format that is accessible to any body type, age, or gender. Despite the enormous benefits of Pilates, the majority of those who practice are still women. We’ve got to escape the “just for women” mentality of Pilates! Men can equally benefit-- and in fact, most men are surprised by how
Pregnancy and childbearing--while one of life’s little miracles--can do a number on the body and especially the muscles that support the pelvic floor. The weight and strain of carrying a growing baby plus the hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Why is that important? Let’s dive into the anatomy for a minute. Our pelvic floor is a “sling” of muscles at the base of our core, a bit like a small muscle hammock, that runs between the pubic bone in the front and the tailbone at
When people ask what Citizen Pilates is, I tell them we are a full-body, strength training studio for anyone looking for a long term relationship with fitness. “Oh, so you’re a gym,” they reply. Queue the long silence. The thing is, Citizen Pilates is NOT a gym. We are so much more. We’re a community. A collective where everyone is welcome. No matter what language you speak, no matter your culture, or body type, or fitness goals, you are not only welcome here but also supported, celebrated, and a part of something bigger. There are
Because of differences in pelvic structure, the impact of pregnancy and childbirth, and differences in hormones, more women than men struggle with low back pain, especially those of us 40 and older. The pain can be debilitating, and can interfere with almost every aspect of our lives, from grabbing coffee with friends (it hurts to sit for too long), to bending over to pick up our grandkids (too much stress on the lower back) to interfering with our sleep (can’t get comfortable in bed).