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About Pilates

Evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates, the program named after him is an inventive system of mind-body exercise. Practitioners use a floor mat or a variety of equipment to dramatically transform the way their body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk and can help you create a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. And who doesn’t want that?

Pilates is a safe exercise program that will help you look and feel your very best. You will become more aware of your body, helping you to improve your posture, flexibility, agility and economy of motion. And it can even help lessen back pain.

Pilates is an exercise system that can work for anyone, of any age or any condition.

Benefits of Pilates

A Workout for the Mind and Body

Central to Joseph Pilates teachings was the fact that the exercise is "the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit."

The focus is on quality movements, proper breathing, spinal and pelvic alignment. The quality of each movement is more important than the number of repetitions you do. Pilates will help you become more aware of your body, allowing you to move more efficiently. You’ll learn proper breathing which can help reduce stress outside the studio, as well.

A Strong Core

The core of the body – the muscles of the stomach and back – is critical to a strong body and a healthy back. Pilates is one of the best exercises develop a strong "core," or center of the body.

Long, Lean Muscles and Flexibility

Pilates is a non-weight bearing exercise that elongates and strengthens muscles. You’ll improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility and are less likely to be injured when your body is balanced flexible.

Condition the Whole Body

Pilates exercises every area of the body, even your ankles and feet. Unlike some workouts that can overwork some and underwork other areas of the body, Pilates strengthens the whole body equally. It will help you move better in daily life and other sports with less chance of becoming injured.

It’s Mostly Low Impact, but is Still Challenging

Using mats and equipment, many of the exercises are performed while sitting or lying down and most low impact and partially weight bearing. Modifications to the exercises can expand the range of difficulty to make them more advanced. As your body gets stronger, you can increase the intensity of the exercises.