Why Pilates?

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The 5 Body Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is an ever-increasing popular exercise due to its positive effects on the body and the mind alike. This allows you to practice and improve your very own limits - you can push and stretch your body while opening up your mind.

Working with your own limits is at the heart of Willpower. Everyone has different strengths and needs and the WillPower Method can always be adapted to the individual.

Pilates is superb for flexibility, muscle toning and endurance. We have complied a list of what we consider to be some of the top body benefits of Yogalates.

Increased Flexibility
Pilate & WillPower Method exercises. The poses can be as difficult or as easy as you choose them to be. It carefully focuses on all the joints in your body, even the ones you aren’t used to using. The more you put into Pilates, the more you will get out. It can lead to improved joints and flexibility in the back.

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Massaging your body on the inside
Pilates is actually one of the only forms of exercises that actively stimulate your internal organs promoting their health. As you learn to become more in tune with your own body and become familiar with it, you can find yourself more able to recognise possible ailments.

Toning of Muscles
Pilate can and will help tone your muscles. This is due to the postures, shapes and poses it demands which ensure muscles are pushed and trained subsequently getting stronger by supporting the weight of the body and being engaged for balance.

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Detoxifying the Body
The stretches and sometimes demanding positions which Yogalates demands, will stimulate the muscles and internal organs. This aids increased blood flow to all parts of the body which can help the body recover faster and flush out any possible toxins which can often accumulate in the tissues.

Calorie burning & weight loss
When paired with a balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle, you will gain the most benefits from practicing Yogalates and burn those unwanted calories.

Moreover, the more you practice Yogalates the more you will be able to do so. Don’t be afraid to try new exercises and get involved in new fitness paths!


About Willpower Method®

It's a synthesis of barefoot physical training, emotion and integrity. We have been teaching people how to land on their bare feet for over a decade. It will help you walk through the rest of your life - and run barefoot, if that's what you choose. Through a fusion of evolving exercise disciplines The willPower Method® links the strength, power and desires of your mind with the demands and potential of your body.

Originated in the heart of New York City, in 2000, The willPower Method® poses the question:

What if you HAD to?

The instructors will help you find the physical and mental strength to reach your goals.

WillPower programs

  • are based in barefoot-fitness
  • training bodies functionally from the ground up.
  • help us to balance and focus while functioning in a highly stimulated world.

Our workouts

  • encourage learning through repetition
  • explore individuality through expression
  • keep our studetns safe, interested and involved
  • are structured for students of all levels
    • Challenging to Althetes
    • nurturing to newcomers

We are a movement.
We are a team.

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wpmWhy barefoot?

Over the past three decades, fitness shoe manufacturers have developed advanced technology to cushion and control motion in our feet and ankles. This advanced support does not allow articulation of our joints and soft tissue. We've lost flexibility and mobility and our feet have become stiff and weak over- supporting them. We’ve disconnected with our feet!

The willPower Method programs have been barefoot in gyms since 2000. We know how to teach students to stretch their toes, and increase circulation and mobility throughout their feet and ankles. We train our clients of all ages to land on their feet gracefully; reducing pain and injuries in their feet, ankels and knees. It just makes good sense. Soon, you will find increasingly more programs are kicking off their shoes and going barefoot.

wp 2In fact, we have recently partnered with Vibram FiveFingers®, the leaders in minimalist shoes, to help minimalist shoe-wearers to have safer and more efficient experiences when they are wearing a non-support shoe. Stacey Lei Krauss, the creator of The willPower Method, has so much experience with foot fitness, that she has recently joined Vibram's Advisory Board.

We don't suggest that you buy a barefoot shoe today and begin running today. We DO suggest that you stregthen your feet and ankles - essentially wake them up - since they have been bound, cushioned and supported for so long. We do suggest wearing a minimal shoe like Vibram FF and allowing your body to progressively adjust.

You will need to be aware and feel your feet and lower legs awaken. Once you wake up your feet, your body will be more functional for everyday life in a barefoot-type shoe... and you can even start barefoot running, if you'd like.

For further infomation see the WillPower website
For further information for Barefoot Shoes