15 Stars that Rock Pilates {And Why You Should Too!}

As a personal trainer I'm required to earn a certain amount of continuing education units (CEUs) in order to keep my certification. As if I'm messing with people's bodies or something. Oh, wait, I am. I've been thinking about what I really want to learn and focus on. It's something I've mentioned on and off for a while. But I'm committed. I'm saving the money. And I'm getting certified in Spencer Pilates. I should be able to start working on the official curriculum in February but until then, I'm going to focus on learning as much as I can on my own.

Celebs that Practice Pilates

Let's face it. We may say we're not inspired by celebrities because they get to hire the best trainers and the best chefs. But at the end of the day they still have to eat the food and do all the workouts. Or they might lose their jobs. I'm sure if I was told I'd make $200K for a month of work if my body was rockin' hot...my body would be rockin' hot. So here are 10 celebs that seem to practice Pilates pretty regularly.

  1. Reese Witherspoon
  2. Mandy Moore
  3. Madonna
  4. Kate Walsh
  5. Miley Cyrus (is she still considered a celeb? I'm not sure...)
  6. Hilary Duff
  7. Pippa Middleton (she's related to royalty. Does that count?)
  8. Miranda Kerr
  9. Vanessa Hudgens
  10. Kate Winslet
  11. Ashley Green
  12. Kate Hudson
  13. Anna Faris (one of my faves!)
  14. Emily Blunt
  15. Daisy Fluentes


The Benefits

Why, yes,I did read several journals to determine the actual Pilates benefits. I'm weird like that. Science is the shizz ya know.

What Pilates Is Not

For the sake of full disclosure, you should understand what Pilates will not do so you understand how to supplement.

Pilates is best used after other forms of training to increase flexibility and balance. This is one of the reasons you'll often see runners practicing Pilates. There is only modest evidence that muscular endurance will be improved. If you prefer a more muscular defined look, you'll need to lift heavy weights.

If you are looking to lose a significant amount of weight, Pilates will not do it. You'll still need to do cardio - running, walking, dancing, kick boxing - in order to see the pounds peel off.

Fun Facts

  • Pilates is a combination of gymnastics, martial arts, yoga and dance
  • Based on six key principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, flow, and breath
  • Can be practiced with no equipment such as on  a mat or with equipment such as a reformer (I love my reformer! So does Jeffrey the Cat)
  • Pilates was practiced almost entirely by dancers until the 1980s..it wasn't until the 90s that Pilates became more mainstream


Small Talk

Do you practice Pilates? Do you like to read scientific articles/journals? Do you have to get CEUs for a certification/license that you hold?

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