May 24, 2023

Why ‘Strengthilates’ could be the missing ingredient in your workout routine!

Thinking of taking on the Ultimate Halfway Hustle? Whether you thrive off a strength session or prefer that iconic Pilates burn, the Strengthilates combo could be the power duo you need to get on your radar.

To help you truly understand the benefits, we’ve asked Jaclyn Murphy, our partnered expert physiotherapist from Upwell Health Collective, to spill the tea on why strength training and Barre Pilates are the perfect complementary combo.

So, here’s 5 reasons why you should shake up your workout routine with Strengthilates:

1. Great posture = great form

Barre Pilates focuses on opening and strengthening the muscles of the chest and back which can significantly improve your posture, especially if you work at a computer or desk. Paired with a lot of glute work Barre Pilates can help you maintain and improve your technique when you switch to strength training.

2. Release your happy hormones

Strength training, Barre Pilates and other forms of exercise can help to increase feelings of wellbeing – especially during a mid-winter slump – by releasing endorphins, AKA our happy hormones! Feeling strong can help improve feelings of resilience and help you to cope better with adversity – which gets a big tick from us!

3. Gentle on your joints

If your joints struggle with high impact exercises or burpees just aren’t your vibe, strength training and Barre Pilates are great alternatives. These low impact exercises reduce the overall load on your knees and pelvic floor and actually work to build strength in areas like your hips, knees and ankles to make high impact workouts more achievable and enjoyable.

4. Motivate your mind

Bored of doing the same workout over and over again? We’ve all been there! It can be really challenging to maintain motivation and keep your mind engaged, and most importantly, excited when you’re not mixing up your movements. Incorporating Barre Pilates with strength training means you’re more likely to stay engaged, both mentally and physically!

5. Reduce your risk of injury

Having variety in your workouts means you’re challenging your body and working your muscles in different ways which can help reduce the risk of injury. Developing a routine which keeps your muscles guessing will help you continue to reap these benefits long-term. On top of this, strength training helps to maintain joint and bone strength, maintaining the integrity of our joints as well as bone density and structure.

Ready for our Halfway Hustle Challenge? Join Kic today! 

Sign ups open on Monday 29 of May. Challenge starts Monday 5 of June.

6 weeks, 3 ways to hustle – Strength with Danny, Pilates with Kika, or choose the Ultimate Hustle – strength & pilates, combined!