Pilates by Margaret
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes the use of the abdominals, lower back, hips, and thighs.
“Stay Fit with M Cook” Pilates by Margaret
Margaret Cook is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor with over ten years of Pilates experience. She is an inspiration and strives to share her passion and inspire others to get fit. “No matter what your age or fitness level, don’t let Pilates exercise intimidate you – you’re never too old or too out of shape for Pilates.” Margaret is an example of what can be accomplished with consistent effort over time. All people are simply work in progress, no matter the age. You do not need to be a serious athlete, gymnast or professional dancer to want to stay fit with Pilates, but it does take commitment and dedication by continuing on a weekly routine.
M Cook is living proof that everyone can take charge of their lives, achieve goals by seeing the possibilities in life and working towards them one small step at a time. “Exercise helps focus the mind and keeps people on track to becoming their best self.” It isn’t about people being the best, merely ones making the most out of themselves, it all starts with a little effort, and anyone can get there over time.
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved posture and balance
- Improved flexibility
- Prevention and treatment of back pain
Pilates utilizes the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong powerhouse, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or any other level, and also regarding the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.