Is Pilates Just an Abs Workout?
While increasing core strength is the foundation of Pilates, Pilates is a full-body workout. In each exercise, every muscle must be working in coordination in order to complete the movement with the desired amount of precision. Exercises targeting the shoulder or hip girdle, as well as gluts and hamstrings, create balance within the body and allow for an increased body-core connection that is important with functional mobility.
Ashley Piccinni, MSPT, CPI Certified Pilates Instructor & Physical Therapist
After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, Ashley returned to her hometown of Boston to work at one of the country’s leading rehabilitation hospitals. There, she helped to rehabilitate some of the most severely impaired individuals following stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and orthopedic trauma and surgery. She was also chosen to participate in an international therapy exchange program where she provided skilled interventions to critically wounded war victims from overseas.
After practicing in a variety of settings, Ashley came to the realization that traditional exercise techniques were not producing the results needed to return some of her patients back to their optimal level of functioning, especially those with chronic pain or balance impairments. Ashley began researching and learned that many of the founding principles of Pilates, such as control, breath, concentration, and postural alignment, were missing from typical exercise protocols. Ashley decided to pursue her Pilates training in order to expand her treatment techniques for improved patient outcomes.
Ashley has since completed both her Comprehensive Pilates training through a Pilates Method Alliance approved training facility and the Balanced Body Barre teacher training program. Additionally, Ashley has completed an intense mentoring program through Boston Body Pilates. She utilizes Pilates principles and exercises to develop therapeutic programs for patients and clients at all levels of mobility and fitness.