By Lauren Bruker, Certified Teacher at Pilates Fit Studio in Crestwood, KY
I started doing Pilates as a way to build strength in my abdominals and back. At the time I was working as a spin instructor teaching upwards of 10 classes a week. Although I was cardiovascular strong, my core was very weak and my back ached. After doing Pilates consistently for 2 months, I noticed that my achy back no longer ached, my arms were leaner, and my legs were no longer fatigued while teaching my spin classes! With all these improvements in my body, I began taking Pilates right before I had to teach a spin, and after class my body felt amazing; even if it was my 10th class of the week.
Mixing Pilates with my cardio workouts not only made my physically stronger, but also taught me how to breath properly, use proper body mechanics, and how to use control my movements while spinning. Instead of leaving my spin class feeling burnt out, I was leaving feeling energized.
What is Classical Pilates?
It’s a workout system that teaches corrective exercise to bring symmetry, vitality, and alignment with the use of specialized apparatus and a specific mat order. The apparatus uses spring resistance, which will reshape your whole body because the springs resist in both directions, helping to tone and sculpt more efficiently and effectively.
Here are some ways Pilates enhances your other additional workouts:
YOGA – Although Pilates and Yoga are fundamentally different, you will see some similar poses. While yoga can sometimes emphasize the stretching of the muscles, Pilates emphasizes the relationship of the muscles to your core with the use of the springs. Having a strong core while going through your yoga flow will get you deeper into the poses, improve your balance, and keep your practice safe.
RUNNING– In Pilates you learn how to breath with consistency and control. When doing cardio, breathing is essential. If you learn how to use your breath in Pilates, then during your cardio you can regulate your heart rate and push yourself further with all that extra oxygen.
HIKING – When hiking or climbing, you often need to shift your weight from your feet to your hands and everywhere in between. In Pilates you learn how to hold your body in space while transferring your weight. Your feet, ankles, wrists and hand grip are strengthened in Pilates. So, strap on your hiking boots, and hit the trails!
Lauren Bruker has been a leader in the fitness scene for over a decade teaching in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. During her career as an indoor cycling instructor she experienced a lower back injury that helped introduce her to Pilates. She became instantly hooked. Lauren loved the one on one attention, the small group classes, and how Pilates helped alleviate fatigue and imbalance her body had been experiencing for years.
As a former dancer and BFA graduate Lauren has always been drawn to movement. After college she quickly received her NASM personal training and 200 hour Yoga Alliance certifications and began training clients privately. In 2009 she was one of SoulCycle’s- NYC’s premiere indoor cycling studio, first instructors. She helped open SoulCycle studios all over the country and expanded the company’s teacher training program from 2009-2017. She completed the Soma Space 600 hour Classical Pilates Certification in Austin, TX in 2018. Lauren is currently in the Classical Syllabus, an advanced training program, with MeJo Wiggin. This Louisville native is thrilled to finally return home and be a part of the Louisville Pilates and movement community.