Reformer Pilates is by no means new. However, TOSH Determined two years ago that it would be a significant benefit to Intermountain Healthcare. The TOSH Pilates program was created for all those striving to "live the healthiest lives possible."
Five small group classes were first offered in April of 2015 by one instructor. The goals were to make Pilates affordable and accessible to the community, athletes, those in post-rehabilitation recoveries, and Intermountain Healthcare employees. The program has exploded since 2015. Now three instructors teach sixteen classes each quarter. These are classes offered for beginners as well as more experienced individuals. There are also classes focused on injury prevention for endurance athletes (those people who train high mileage and are therefore prone to chronic injuries).
During each class, a certified Pilates instructor will guide you through a full body workout. The instructor will constantly provide:
- Exercise and equipment instruction
- Feedback on posture and form
- Muscle firing patterns
- Core initiation
- How to use your breathing to your advantage
Our 55-minute classes offer a full body workout comprised of strengthening and flexibility through all ranges of motion. Balance and coordination will be challenged within your capacity. We offer modifications for each exercise to make it possible for all members of the class to be challenged without pushing you beyond your personal limitations.
History of Pilates
Soon after the end of World War I, a man named Joseph Pilates devised an exercise program to assist in the rehabilitation of injured veterans. It included a system of springs attached to hospital beds. The Pilates program has grown and expanded over the years, succeeding in part because it is so remarkably effective for such a wide range of people. It is ideal for every body, every level of fitness, and every age.
Pilates (STOTT Pilates in particular) focuses on restoring the natural curves of the spine, relieving tension, and enhancing self-confidence and core stability. Other benefits may include:
- Core strength and stability
- Injury prevention
- Effective and safe post-rehabilitation strengthening
- Relief from stress and back pain
- Improved posture
- Improved balance and coordination
- Longer, leaner muscles
- Heightened mind-body awareness
Pilates focuses first on the stabilizing muscles of the body prior to further developing the strength of the larger mobilizing muscles. This provides stability and coordination of the body during movement, and can help to prevent injuries. We also focus on using the core of your body properly. By learning to activate the core prior to arm and leg movement, the spine is protected and injuries can be reduced. We will learn and practice this skill in every exercise.