Pilates for fun and the heart

There are many things Pilates can do. It can give you a more toned waist, long toned muscles, greater flexibility, incredible focus, the ability to regulate your breathing and much, much more. But the positive effects for your cardiovascular system were limited until recently.

Now, the latest form of Pilates has aficionados jumping up and down with joy – quite literally. Integrating┬áNASA research into rebounding, Cardiolates incorporates bouncing on what looks like a kid’s mini trampoline. To those in the know, it’s a core strengthening, lymph and immune system turbo charging, cardiovascular workout on a personal rebounder.

Developed by Pilates instructors Katherine and Kimberley Corp from Pilates on Fifth in New York, this new form of Pilates had me working up a sweat within the first few minutes and after 45 minutes of continued movement, I’m not also exhilarated but also feel utterly worked.

It’s a great fusion of Pilates with what feels like choreographed dance and Aerobics and, perhaps the best part, it automatically switches on your pelvic floor and deepest layer of abdominals. You can have fun jumping up and down, performing twists and working your upper body with weights while feeling like a big kid.

Bouncing and cracking up

I found a great video online that shows the founders of Cardiolates in an interview and exercises – clearing up many misconceptions and showing how much fun Pilates can be. Check it out. And here’s a link to Wellcentred, a brand new Pilates studio featuring Cardiolates in Sydney.

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