If you are looking for a better match between the Pilates exercises and your goals, try our Pilates 1-to-1, Duet or Care sessions. They are especially helpful when you have specific goals, or if you have an injury or pain, and you want to address them. Receive the right exercise and progression from the bespoke sessions.
EXERCISE FOR CORE STRENGTH
How does Pilates compare with the abdominal exercises in the gym to strengthen core muscles? Which exercise gives you more core muscles? Is it Pilates or gym training?
The answer is Pilates, according to a study in 2015, published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation.
The study from South Korea pitted Pilates trained-instructors, against gym instructors in a contest to see who have more core muscles. The study involved 30 women, divided into three groups. One group was Pilates instructors, another group was exercise instructors at the gym, and the third — the control group — consisted of women who were sedentary. They were each given four trunk exercises to do. Clinical instruments were used to determine the level of core activity during the exercise.
The researchers found among the three groups, the Pilates group “most effectively” recruited their core muscles for trunk stability, compared to exercise instructors and the sedentary group. The Pilates instructors also had thicker core muscles than the exercise instructors. On the other hand, exercise instructors had bigger muscles than the Pilates instructors, and they tended to use the big muscles for stability.
The study shows Pilates is the better of the two exercises in building core strength, but gym exercises produce bigger muscles than Pilates.
BENEFITS OF CORE TRAINING
Training the deep stabilising muscles of the body offer many benefits. Increasing your core stability helps you to sit, walk, run and generally move better. A strong core also supports the low back and improves posture. It is a natural and effective remedy for back pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain due to poor posture. If you sit a lot because of work, Pilates is a good exercise to counter the effects of sitting.
Core muscles also complement the big muscles in the body, which are particularly useful if you have an over-used injury. You don’t have to rely on your big muscles as much if you can turn on your core muscles for strength and power.
Start Today. Select from below the Pilates programme that best suits you:
You have specific goals you want to meet. Or you have a few aches and pain, and you are finding it increasingly hard to exercise with the aches and pain. What you will receive from the 1-to-1:
- A personalised Pilates session to meet your goals and need; strengthen muscles that need the most strengthening, stretch and loosen tight muscles
- Particularly helpful if you have specific tightness like neck and shoulders, hamstrings or calves
- Enjoy a core-intensive session that is high on core work, but low on its impact on the knees and ankles
- Improve your sitting and standing posture
- Go slow on exercises you find difficult, speed up on exercises you find easy; workout at a pace that suits you, improve faster
- Access to Rehabilitation for pain relief; and Personal Training for additional strength training
Don’t Wait, Schedule a Trial Today.
You want to try Pilates, and share the experience with a loved one or friend. Our sweetheart sessions may just be the answer:
- Strengthen and stretch in a programme designed for you both. Find a better match between your need and interest, and the exercise
- The exercises will also address the aches and pain you have; avoid injury.
- Strengthen your core muscles, tone your abdominals
- Improve your sitting and standing posture
- Train at a pace and at an intensity which suit you; improve faster and never get bored
- Share the pain when you do difficult exercises together, and the joy when you improve together
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Are you taking more sick leave because of back pain? Or you can’t carry your toddler, move furniture or potted plant for fear of re-injury. Come strengthen your core muscles, say no to back pain…
Do you have knee pain? Does your knee hurt when you move? Is the other knee also starting to hurt? Avoid surgery, come stretch and strengthen your knees with Pilates…
You can’t raise your arms, or you have a nagging pain on the upper shoulders, or at the back of the shoulders that won’t go away. Try Pilates. Come stretch and strengthen your shoulders…
Long hours of sitting, standing or maintaining a certain position for a long time whether for work or sports, can lock up the hip joints. Stretch, strengthen and unlock your hips with Pilates…
If you often sprain your ankles or lose your balance, it’s time to give your ankles, feet and toes some TLC and exercise. Come stretch and work your feet and toes…
Exercising during pregnancy can help mothers-to-be stay healthy and prepare for the delivery. Try Prenatal Pilates. A gentle, low-impact workout to strengthen your core muscles and tone your pelvic floor…
Enjoy a full-body workout which is high on fun, but low on its impact on the low back, knees and ankles. Discover a healthy and sustainable way to weight loss…
There are many benefits to stretching. Stretching relieves muscle tension, relaxes the body, improves range of motion and reduces injury. If you don’t enjoy stretching, try Pilates. Let the exercises bring back the joy of stretching…
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Awaken Many Tiny MusclesThank you a thousand times. You gave me the beginnings of a 6 pack, made me so much more aware of my body and breathing. So many tiny / lazy muscles have been awakened!Cat H
Finding Symmetry Despite ScoliosisI have had scoliosis for 30 years. My left and right upper back and buttocks become asymmetric. With customised Pilates exercise, I saw my upper back and butts more equal for the first time. Thank you!Sirana
Given Me Hope That I'll Walk Normally AgainMay has given me hope that I will in the near future, be able to walk normally again with minimal pain in my knees. She is great at getting to the root of the problem, in correcting muscular imbalances through manual therapy, pilates and home exercises. Thank you, May!Christina
Reversing The Effects of SittingI spend lots of hours sitting on a chair, in front of my laptop and that's harmful for my body and specially my back. I see May every week for Pilates and she helps me restore balance, finding healthier postures for my body and releasing from the weekly erosion.Gloria
Ease the Effects of ChemotherapyCancer and chemotherapy have greatly affected and changed my body and mind. During chemotherapy, I have developed chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. A year into post chemotherapy, the side effects, pain and discomforts lingered on. My hands and legs were frequently stiff, swollen and tingling with pins and needles. I was struggling with fatigue, balance and mobility. I met May at Move Therapy in January 2018. Her studio is no frills but well equipped and personable. May did not paint me any rosy promises or rainbow illusions. She did some evaluations and suggested we can start with some rehabilitation and strengthening workouts. I never looked elsewhere after our initial workout and I have been going to her since. Thanks to her guidance and motivation, I have physically improved and no longer suffering in pain and discomfort. The tingling pins and needles in my hands and feet have much subdued and most important, I am no longer struggling with my balance and mobility.K Foo
Relieves Knee Pain, Improves FitnessI'm glad to have May as my Pilates instructor. May has helped me with my bad knee through exercises and orthopedic manipulation. She is also very patient, and committed to my body's improvement beside my knee.Ai Lin
Really like the Pilates class, better flexibilityI really like the Pilates class because May explains it very well. As such, I can actually do the exercise quite easily. At the same time, I can feel improvement in my flexibility. I hope she continues teaching the class at NUS.Anja
A surprisingly pleasant intro to PilatesThank you for a very surprisingly pleasant introduction to Pilates. I am an experienced athlete and a professional diver with chronic stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Today, I found new skills to augment what I already knew, and a focus on proper technique for great results. I felt very effectively engaged.Eddie
Weekly Pilates, important in my scheduleI often wear high heels which affect my posture. I walked with a hunch. I have the pleasure of improving my posture in the Pilates classes at Move Therapy. When I see myself in the mirror, I see the change. I stand straight. I put Pilates down as important in my schedule. I make it a point to come for exercise every week.Lee
The best part, my lower back pain has gone awayI attended Pilates classes because of my lower back pain that came about after NS. I had fears prior to joining May’s Pilates session as the only guy in class, but her non-judgemental attitude very quickly eased my worries and concerns. I started to enjoy the sessions more and more each week with her patient guidance. The best part is that now my lower back pain has gone away!Sean
Any stiffness always get relievedI always leave every Pilates session feeling mobile and supple. Any stiffness and other related conditions, that came with a desk-bound job, always get relieved. It is because May’s approach to exercise is holistic. Clients are more aware of their everyday movement when they get to practice the movement in the sessions; the emphasis on connecting the breath and mind is also important. I wish there were more like her in the industry! I miss my sessions when I’m away.Thanah
Each week I walk away with a smileJust completed my 6th Pilates session and I feel great. I have really noticed the difference already. I am feeling stronger and fitter from my sessions. The care, precision and attention, that May provides, has allowed me to make quick progress and to concentrate on my posture, core strength and flexibility. I love attending my reformer session and each week I walk away with a smile!Lucy
Less tired after a long day at workI am in my 40s. I can feel that my lower back and kneecap are starting to weaken. After I attended May's Pilates lessons, I can feel that I have improved in terms of strength, fitness and balance. I have learned to strengthen and stretch certain parts of our body muscles that we rarely work on in our daily life. My body posture has also improved tremendously, and I feel less tired after a long day of work in front of a computer.Victor
I'm running more, have less injuryI am an avid runner. I run 10km a few times a week. I had hurt my ankles, calves just to name a few of the body parts I’d injured from running. Many of times I didn’t wait until I have completely recovered before I resumed running. It had resulted in the injury being prolonged. After attending May’s Pilates classes for about a year, I have gained better awareness of my body and movement. May taught me a lot about core strengthening, maintaining good posture and about movement. I’m more aware of my running posture. I find myself correcting my posture on the go like altering my foot alignment when I encounter discomfort, as well as how to stretch after. I can run more often because I have less injury now. Thank you May.Justin
My 2017 Highlight is your Pilates Classes"One good thing that happened to me in 2017 is attending your Pilates classes. I have chronic lower back pain since early 20s. I am in my 30s now. From a MRI scan a year ago, I found I have ‘lesser fluid’ on two of my lower back discs which might be the cause of my back pain. Sometimes, sitting was just annoying and I’d to take leave from my desk or from what I was doing to lie down. I’d been visiting TCM for quick reliefs when the pain was unbearable. I did some yoga and exercises through the years. They helped but they seemed to bring me other issues like knee discomfort, and a feeling of imbalance on my lower back. It could be I was doing these yoga poses and exercises wrongly. However, in your Pilates classes, the instructions are very detailed and clear on which part of the body I should be working on. Hence, I am able to do the pose with confidence without having to worry I might injure my back further. The lower back feels so soft after each lesson. After so many years of searching for an answer, the solution to my lower back problem is Pilates, where ‘The pelvis is the centre of the body where everything begins’ 🙂 Thank you!"Qianni
BETTER POSTURE"The result is amazing! My posture has improved. I now stand taller and walk with greater balance. I enjoy every Pilates class with its varied exercises using muscles that I did not know I have."Kwee Eng
LOVE THE CLASS"I love the Pilates class! The clear, well-structured and creative exercises sometimes left me feeling sore, but glad I went. The instructor tailored the exercises to suit class members, provided individual attention to everyone on alignment and posture improvement. I found her “hands on” approach very helpful. It helped me understand what I need to work on. Going to the classes have improved my posture, flexibility and strength. Definitely for people who are interested in increasing their flexibility, balance and strength!"Chew Hoey
MY BACK FEELS BETTER"I'm in my early 20s. Having a lower back strain for close to 3 years, I can really feel the difference after attending May's Pilates group lessons. I’ve been attending for 10 weeks. I can feel that my posture has improved significantly and my back doesn't hurt as often as before. Thank you!"Andrew
KEEP PAIN AWAY ACTIVELY"I'd dizzy spells and headache. They were so bad that I’d been unable to work. I saw many health professionals and nothing worked until I saw May. In my one-to-one sessions, May relieved the tension from my neck and shoulders, and she showed me how I can actively keep the pain away through rolling and exercise. With exercise, my legs are also stronger. I can walk further. I climbed Mt Fuji in Japan with my husband in 2015. A year ago, I won't have thought I would be able to join my husband on the trip up Mt Fuji."Shubha
NO MORE FEAR"I’d persistent lower back pain after giving birth to my daughter. I saw many healthcare professionals, but my back didn’t get better. But since starting my private sessions, my pain has gone. Before I didn’t want to move out of fear my back would act up, but not anymore. I’ve started running, and recently completed a 5-km run. Thank you!"Dian
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