"Fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young." - Joseph Pilates
We wonder why we feel sluggish, stiff and depressed.
The pilates reformer machine was his brilliant solution to retraining the body to move the right way by supporting the spine in the supine position while simulating standing patterns. It replaces over 27 pieces of conventional gym equipment, but in a manner so profound that the reformer is now becoming the natural choice for athletes, celebrities and sports professionals.
Research is now backing up what devotees have known for decades. AeroPilates is hugely effective at changing your body for the better.
In a study where participants exercised 3 times a week for 4 weeks, average aerobic endurance increased by 17%, strength to body weight ratio increased by 31%, core strength by 35% and back / hamstring flexibility by 177% - all remarkable results.
Even more effective than a treadmill
Scientists have concluded that a reformer is one of the best way to burn calories and lose weight. The video shows the comparison with a treadmill and an elliptical cross trainer.
Joseph Pilates was surely right when he said that his method was the "fountain of youth"