Strength and Control through Pilates

SITizens focus on taking things slow through Pilates, a simple yet effective home workout to train your body’s muscle control and coordination

On Saturday, 5 June 2021, SIT alumni gathered online to try Pilates, the latest instalment in a series of home workouts organised by the SIT Alumni Sports Network. The class of 25 alumni was led by Ms Betsy Chen from Pilates studio Off Duty Pilates.

Pilates is a low-impact workout that helps to strengthen, lengthen and tone your muscles through controlled, repetitive movements. Ms Chen started the session with simple stretches to get the participants moving and warm up the spine. She focused on slow, concentrated movements, which got the participants’ muscles burning in no time.

Ms Tracy Tay, a Hospitality Business alumnus, joined the session to try something different from her usual exercise routine, which includes spinning and HIIT. “The instructor was very clear, and I felt my whole body aching the next day!” she said. “I think with frequent practice of Pilates, I can tone parts of my body and build muscle strength.”

Mr Jonas Chandra, a Systems Engineering (ElectroMechanical Systems) alumnus enjoyed how engaged his body felt during and even after the workout. “I usually do HIIT workouts, so I thought Pilates would not be that straining. I was so wrong,” he recalled. “The exercises felt very targeted and my muscles ached at places it never ached before. I would definitely go for more classes and recommend my friends to join me.”