Who Can Do Pilates?

Who can do Pilates? With a doctor's approval, Pilates can be done by anyone including pregnant women, dancers, acrobats, and those who are overweight or have bone disorders like osteoporosis or scoliosis.

Anyone can do Pilates, but you definitely want to make sure a doctor has cleared a pregnant mommy first. During the first trimester you don't want to be exerting too much on the pelvic floor. In Pilates, core strength starts from the pelvis and it works in to what we call the core set of muscles. You have the upper and lower abs in the front, the obliques on your sides, and other muscles like the multifidus in your back. For example, if you are trying to put on that favorite pair of jeans that don't quite fit, you kind of squeeze your muscles in towards your spine. That's the core set of muscles that you use to try and stuff yourself in those pants. Anyone can do Pilates with the exception of a pregnant mother in the first trimester or people who have spine or bone disorders like osteoporosis or scoliosis. With a doctor's approval, they can take Pilates, but you would have to do a modification depending on the disorder. As for osteoporosis, Pilates can actually help build your bone density if you have caught the osteoporosis in time. If it is up to a point where it can't be reversed, I would not recommend it. Just talk to your doctor if you feel like there is any risk, but otherwise, anyone can do it.

I have had people call the studio and say they are extremely overweight and thought Pilates was just for fit people. I tell them to get down here right now, because even dancers and acrobats recognize how great the benefit is to anyone who wants to build their balance and their core strength.

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