We all read the magazines or look at the pictures of our favourite celebs on instagram who seemingly have the physiques of gods and goddesses. "How do they look that good at that age?" is a typical question us mere mortals often use. We then here of all of these fitness fads, "Get ripped in 6 weeks", or new trends and exercises (possibly the worst we've seen is Prancercise, check it out here) that, quite frankly, are useless. Let's get back to basics, and talk about a form of exercise that you've heard about, but probably never really considered as part of your workout regime, Pilates.
Pilates was developed in the 20th century as a method that uses controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. According to the HFE, 70% of people would rather do Pilates than Yoga. Why? Because Pilates “is more dynamic” and “is better suited to those who are hoping to lose weight and tone up”. Don't believe us? Here are 5 Celebrities who say otherwise.
1. Andy Murray
Andy turned to Pilates in his quest to stay in shape after a recurring back problem in 2012 and hasn't stopped since.
At 60 years old, Madonna's strong and ultra-lean physique are thanks to a diligent cross-training regimen, which includes Pilates with a mix of Yoga.
3. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz always looks fit head to toe and her svelte physique is largely thanks to Pilates.
4. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson loves exercises like engaging her pelvic floor muscles and scooping her abs. She credits Pilates with toning her derriere and for her strong abs.
5. Reese Witherspoon
There’s no doubt her career and three kids keep her on her toes, but for her workout, it’s Pilates that keeps ageless Witherspoon fit.
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