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"What I've noticed the most about Xtend is it really chisels the body just a little bit more," said NOLA Pilates owner Kim Munoz.
necessarily make leaner longer muscles from a scientific stand point. But if you lose muscle fat then you have leaner muscle," said Dr. Kim Edward LeBlanc, the head of Family Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center.
When Munozfirst openedNOLA Pilates in Lakeview, she only offered Pilates and then later added vertical fitness called Pole Perfect. But she remembered a new workout she heard about in Boca Raton, Fla. while evacuated for Hurricane Katrina,a program that combines ballet and Pilates.
Experts say no matter what type of strength training you're doing,even with weight lifting,it is essential to fully stretch the muscles afterwards so you don't tighten and injure the tendons. That's what Xtend is doing. And there is a reason why this program appears to be elongating muscles.
Munoz said no dance experience is needed. You'll get a workout in three areas: cardio, strength and flexibility. Her classes are growing with people aging from 15 to 72 years old.
And while there is no science about physically making a muscle longer, Xtend is doing something else good for the muscle and entire body. Melinda Sothern, a weight loss expert with the LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Public Health.
The class is 55 minutes long, using small light weights with lots of reps, resistance bands and work at the ballet barre. There is also a lot of stretching. We never get back to the elongation of the muscle," said Fitness Expert Mackie Shilstone of East Jefferson General Hospital.
"They love it because it's non impact on their joints, but it's small, meaningful movements and they get a great workout and they feel amazing," Munoz said.
"The body ages more rapidly if you don't use it in every aspect, and that's just because the human body is meant to be used and be active," LeBlanc said.
Workout chisels body into a dancer's frame
Even Lynn Swann, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, did ballet.
What happened over the last year was she tried a new type of workout, called Xtend.
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"We have a client who's been with us now since we opened and her body has totally transformed," Munoz said.
And there is another benefit to working your muscles. Don't use them, and they decline 1 percent a year beginning in the mid 20s. Use them, and they decline only 1 percent every 10 years.
workouts, but that is why some people like this program. It's more moderate and low impact,keeping them motivated to keep coming. And it's not just for women. Ballet, balance, balance training which ballet would give to you, is the key to successful sports," Shilstone said.
"My body just changed, and I mean, I had a little boy. He wastwo at the time, so classic story, I was trying to lose the baby weight. I had no stomach muscles whatsoever and it's an amazing thing that happened," Nike Cortez Epic W
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