About IM=X® Pilates
for more than 16 years, IM=X® Pilates has been an innovator in the pilates, fitness and back care industries. IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is a new generation of pilates, cycling, yoga, ballet bar and cardio inspired workouts.
What is IM=X® (pronounced IMX)?
IM=X stands for Integrated Movement Xercize. It’s an elite fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with elements of strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance and muscle tone, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core. IM=X also incorporates its out ballet bar, cycling, tower, yoga and mat routines using weights.
How does IM=X® differ from Pilates?
Joseph Pilates developed the traditional pilates system in the 1930’s. He was an amazing inventor but in the height of his program development he was working with professional dancers not the general “fit” public. He also did not have the advantage of modern science to guide his choices in alignment, muscle recruitment and stabilization practices. IM=X® Pilates updates traditional concepts and practices reflecting the newest research on fitness and rehabilitation. For this reason, IM=X® has been described as the “next evolution of Pilates”. IM=X® Pilates adds resistance and cardio training so that you can receive all of the benefits in one program. The IM=X® Pilates Reformer (Xercizer) sequences are more fatigue oriented and the “choreography” focuses on addressing the strength of muscle synergies through innovative program options: Stretch, Cardio, Abs, Upper Body, Lower Body, Interval Training, Pre/Postnatal, Golf/Tennis. Additionally, IM=X® has other unique programs such as IM=X® Yoga, Ballet Bar, Cycle/Tower, Jog Board and Spinal Fitness.
IM=X is a cross-conditioning system that includes pilates moves but adds resistance training and plyometric jumps for a more athletically oriented workout so you can tone up and lose inches quickly. IM=X pilates workouts can be tailored towards athletes as well as clients who suffer from back pain, are pregnant, or are looking to lose weight. Examples of such targeted routines are the Lower Body Workout, Interval Training Workout, Stretch Workout, Basics, or the Upper Body Workout. The variation within IM=X makes it possible to address everyone from the “couch potato” to the professional athlete. Joseph Pilates developed his amazing method 70 years ago and IM=X simply updates its concepts and practice reflecting the newest research on fitness, cardiovascular training and spine stabilization. For this reason, IM=X has been described as “the next evolution of Pilates workouts.” IM=X Studios also offers hybrid formats that include cycling, tower, ballet bar, yoga, jog boards and weights – total cross conditioning success!
Who can benefit from IM=X® training?
Everyone — from fitness newbies to hard-core gym rats — can benefit from IM=X. The program has been proven effective for all body types and fitness levels, regardless of age, weight or ability. There are specialized IM=X formats designed for weight loss, athletes, pregnancy, golf and people with back pain. And, the IM=X Pilates Studios offer Semi-Private Training Memberships (small group) so that you can receive the attention of a certified trainer without the price of one-on-one sessions.
What kind of results can be achieved with IM=X® workouts?
The combination of strengthening, cardiovascular and lengthening exercises develops long, lean muscles, improves posture, increases metabolism and adds flexibility to the spine. IM=X changes body composition (muscle to fat ratio). It attacks excess bulk in the hips and thighs and tightens the body’s core muscles for rock-hard abs. And, since IM=X targets the pelvic floor, it can prevent and/or help urinary incontinence (UI). Our members consistently report a significant loss of inches from attending 3 sessions weekly.
How do I get started in the IM=X® program?
We recommend several private sessions to learn the technique and the equipment. Find an IM=X Pilates Studio near you with our Location Finder, and join today