There are tremendous benefits for new moms post-natal and beyond for getting that pre-baby physique and in many instances improved fitness, posture, strength and flexibility. Barre and Pilates unlike many other forms of exercise, offers an intense core strengthening workout by targeting muscles that naturally weaken following childbirth and from de-conditioning in general.
Improved Posture- Barre workouts target the muscles that have a tendency to get lengthened and weakened during pregnancy and post baby. Balancing the body is key so you can stand taller while walking, standing and sitting.
Improved Flexibility – In general Barre and Pilates workout lengthens muscles while working to build strength. Most exercises are followed by deep stretches that work to open the hips, stretch hip-flexors and hamstrings as well as the lower back, ankles, chest, and feet.
Targeted core work -The core work is highly focused on strengthening the entire abdominal wall in a safe and effective way. This will allow you to stay strong and balanced during your pregnancy and come back quickly after you have had your little one. Barre and Pilates teach you to always pull the belly button to the spine.
Low impact - Joints can become unstable during pregnancy, so this type of work will strengthen the muscles that help stabilize and protect the joints.
Sculpting long, lean and Strong Muscles – Barre Workouts target abs, glutes, hips and difficult to target areas that many traditional exercises don’t.
Benefits of Pilates:
· Strengthens back, pelvic floor, and core muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
· Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilize your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
· Strengthens your pelvic floor, which supports your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down, helping to prevent incontinence.