Pilates is a type of exercise that’s only getting more popular. It focuses on improving your flexibility, strengthening your core, and promotes an overall better awareness of your body. Even better, it’s fairly low impact, making it a fantastic choice for people of all ages, and any fitness level. While toned, supermodel-like women on TV who go to a class after dropping the kids off at school might be what comes to mind when you picture Pilates, the truth is that anybody can do it, and benefit from it.
But did you know that Pilates could improve your relationship too? Of course, there’s the obvious benefits of being fitter, stronger, and therefore having more stamina in the bedroom – but we’re talking about emotional benefits here. Doing Pilates with your partner can be a lot of fun, plus a great way to spend some quality time together that isn’t sitting in front of Netflix snacking again.
Working out together is an excellent way for couples to build trust, improve their emotional and physical connection, and generally just feel great thanks to boosted energy, confidence, and self-esteem. And Pilates, being suitable for anybody, is a fabulous exercise to start your new couples’ workout routine with.
Strengthening Your Relationship
Doing Pilates together means that you and your partner are going to have to up your communication and trust. When you work out together, you’ll need to be aware of each other’s movements, and speak to each other about what you’re going to do next – unless crashing into each other in the gym is what you’re going for.
There are also several Pilates exercises that require two people, which means even better communication and trust is needed. If you’re doing exercises where you rely on one another, talking to each other will help ease you through the process – and of course, you need to trust that your partner isn’t just going to let you fall over.
Squat with rotational pass: In this exercise, you’ll stand with your backs facing each other and get into a low squat, with your thighs parallel with the floor. You’ll hold this position throughout the exercise, while passing a medicine ball to one another. You’ll both have to rotate your cores, one to the left and one to the right, to keep the medicine ball from dropping on the floor.
Wheelbarrow push-up with squat: This exercise is great for couples as it requires a lot of trust and coordination. One partner gets into a plank position with their arms straight and shoulders above their wrists. The next partner stands behind them and grabs their feet. They’ll carefully lift their ankles, until they’re in the ‘wheelbarrow’ position. The planking partner does a push up, as the partner holding their feet does a squat at the same time.
When you and your partner can learn to communicate better and rely on each other during your Pilates workouts, you’ll build better communication and trust that you can apply to other aspects of your lives together.
Increase Your Confidence and Self Esteem
No matter how madly in love you both are, a lack of confidence and low self-esteem can get in the way of any relationship and prevent you from thriving together. You want to become a power couple, but somewhere, something is holding you back.
Doing Pilates with your partner is a great way to boost your self-esteem. You can get private Pilates in Bristol to start with, allowing you to learn the basics together and build your confidence before joining larger Pilates classes if you wish. Pilates can also be excellent for building your confidence up and strengthening your relationship after a big change in your life, such as having a baby. Learn more about Postnatal Pilates in Bristol and how they could benefit you.
By taking part in Pilates classes together, you will feel stronger, more flexible and more comfortable in your own skin. Pilates can help you smash your physical fitness goals and feel like you can take on the world, which will do wonders for your confidence. And this can often translate to feeling more self-assured and secure in your relationship. What’s more, all that quality time you’re spending together doing Pilates will help, too.
There are some Pilates exercises that are excellent for boosting your self-esteem and confidence, especially if you do them regularly. Core-strengthening exercises like the Plank exercise, where you’ll hold yourself up on your hands and toes while keeping your body in a straight line, can help you feel stronger overall. The Roll-Up exercise is also worth trying for a confidence boost – with this move, you’ll use only your abdominal muscles to sit up from a lying down position. Not only does this move strengthen your abs like nothing else, but it’ll give you a massive sense of control, which helps with boosting your self-confidence.
Spend Time Together
Couples who invest their time in each other by spending quality time together and working on achieving their goals tend to be stronger and happier overall. By getting into Pilates, you’re not just working on improving your physical fitness and strength while communicating better and developing more trust for each other. Like any other activity you do together, it’s also a great way to spend quality time. And when you go to a regular Pilates class together, you can get into a quality time routine, which can only be a good thing.
Even if you’re not the best at Pilates when you first start out, it doesn’t matter. There’s a reason why Pilates is a suitable exercise for everybody – there’s something you can do at any fitness level or age. And, you don’t have to take yourself too seriously, either – being able to laugh at yourselves at first if you struggle a little bit, and then look back and be proud of how far you have managed to come together after a few weeks or months of doing Pilates regularly, can bring a massive sense of achievement to your relationship and being you closer together.
Pilates is not just a form of exercise. Sure, you can do it on your own and get great benefits, but if you’re looking for a fun new way to strengthen your relationship, going to Pilates classes together might be worth a try.