How many more times are we going to hear the phrase: “No Pain, No Gain?” Even just typing that phrase makes us feel crummy. Why should we be in pain and why can’t we be kinder to our bodies?
Statements and ideals similar to this are not only misleading but incredibly harmful to your physical and mental well-being. The myth that you have to be sore for days and drenched in a puddle of sweat after a workout is simply not true. While I’m sure those that do partake in those exercises are getting in a great workout, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Physical fitness should prioritize the holistic experience and the positive sensations you derive from your workout, rather than solely focusing on achieving a specific aesthetic outcome or “idea” about what physical fitness is…. we are looking at you “gym bros.” Building consistency and a general love for fitness and taking care of your mind and body leads to a lasting, life-long habit of physical fitness.
At Corefirst, we work to make resistance Pilates accessible for all ages, body types, fitness levels, and genders. We bust the myth that our bodies have to be put through rigorous and timely workouts for us to reach our goals. With classes ranging between 15-30 minutes, we focus on targeting multiple muscle groups with focused, clear movements and direction. Our coaches offer a multitude of modifications for beginners. With consistency, you’ll be feeling the burn and seeing the progress.
Resistance Pilates emphasizes the concept of working smarter rather than harder. While intensity and effort have their place in exercise, it is equally important to approach fitness with strategy and efficiency. Resistance Pilates exemplifies this principle by focusing on controlled movements that target specific muscle groups, promoting strength, stability, and flexibility. By engaging in intentional practice and maintaining consistency, you will gradually develop stronger muscles and establish a deeper mind-body connection. It’s not always about pushing yourself to the absolute limit but rather finding the balance between challenging yourself and getting the most “bang for your buck” with moves that combine multiple muscle groups. This allows you to achieve sustainable progress and long-term well-being.
But why shouldn't you be drenched in sweat and gasping for breath after every class? Contrary to popular belief, achieving your desired fitness results and feeling amazing doesn't necessarily require excessively elevated heart rates or extreme sweating. As you progress in your Corefirst journey, you will notice remarkable changes in your body that allow you to execute movements with increased grace and ease. Additionally, the functional movement training incorporated into Pilates makes daily tasks and natural movements easier and more supported. While treadmill running exercises can be effective for a quick sweat and building endurance, last time I checked, the average person doesn’t have to run 30 minutes in real life (unless you’re taking part in a marathon), BUT they do have to find functional ways to pick up their child, gather groceries, maintain their posture, and recover from injuries…all of which Resistance Pilates already helps you with.
Additionally, you don’t need a lot of equipment or a gym membership to reach your goals. Our compact Corefirst System can easily be thrown in a carry-on or purse and takes up the space of a small shoe box. It can be anchored to pretty much anything in your home, office, hotel room, etc. using our 2-in-1 Short Anchor and Long Anchor. We’ve also put your safety and functionality at the forefront of our design by creating the grip-free neoprene Corefirst wraps that auto-adjust to fit around your wrist, ankle, foot, and palm so you can let go and really focus on your core! The wraps are attached to commercial-grade resistance bands that have patented safety sleeves to keep you and the bands safe. Our bands have been tested by a third party to last 15X longer than standard bands on the market.
LET’S DIG FURTHER
Next time you encounter a piece of fitness advice or phrase that makes it seem like there is only one way of achieving something… it’s probably a myth. Remember that a steady, gradual approach can be just as effective, if not more so, than intense, high-impact workouts.
Let's talk about the concept of Zone 2 heart rate training. Heart rate zones are typically categorized into five levels (1-5), and resistance Pilates generally falls under Zone 2 (light intensity), unless you're engaging in one of our Burn Program Classes!
Zone 2 training is particularly valuable as it enhances overall endurance and metabolic fitness. It enables your body to become more efficient at burning fat, while also improving flexibility and offering various other advantages. Here are some reasons why Zone 2 heart rate training is highly regarded:
1. Enhanced Fat Burning: Zone 2 training optimizes fat-burning capabilities. Exercising within this heart rate zone allows the body to utilize a higher percentage of calories from fat as an energy source. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals aiming to improve body composition and lose weight.
2. Improved Aerobic Capacity: Training in Zone 2 helps develop aerobic capacity, which refers to the body's ability to use oxygen efficiently during exercise. By engaging in sustained, moderate-intensity workouts, the cardiovascular system becomes more efficient at delivering oxygen to the muscles, thereby improving endurance.
3. Sustainable and Low-Impact: Zone 2 training is often associated with low-impact exercises such as resistance Pilates, cycling, or brisk walking. This makes it a suitable option for individuals with joint issues or those looking for sustainable long-term fitness routines. The lower impact reduces the risk of injuries and allows for consistent training without excessive strain on the body.
4. Balanced Intensity: Zone 2 training strikes a balance between effort and recovery. It provides a challenging workout while still allowing the body to recover adequately during the exercise session. This balanced intensity helps prevent overtraining and supports consistent progress over time.
5. Long-Term Health Benefits: Regular Zone 2 training has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, reduced risk of chronic diseases, and increased longevity. By engaging in moderate-intensity exercises, you can promote heart health, control blood pressure, and enhance overall well-being.
6. Mental and Emotional Well-being: Zone 2 training often allows for a more relaxed and enjoyable workout experience. The moderate intensity encourages a focus on breathing, mindfulness, and the mind-body connection. This can lead to reduced stress, improved mental clarity, and enhanced emotional well-being.
Pretty neat, right? Let’s be kinder to our bodies and build a consistent, lasting love for fitness.