Pilates 101

Pilates is a mind-body exercise that requires core stability, strength, flexibility, attention to muscle control, posture, and breathing.

Pilates is a mind-body exercise that requires core stability, strength, flexibility, attention to muscle control, posture, and breathing.
Pilates is an exercise program developed by Joseph Pilates during the early 20th century, and originally used to train and rehabilitate fellow detainees during World War I. Since then, it has been continually developed, expanded, and used to train millions of clients with all different levels of fitness. Pilates works by focusing on core muscles, stabilizer muscles, and a process called dynamic stability. This focus allows Pilates to offer unique benefits unrivaled by any traditional exercise program.
Joseph Pilates first developed his techniques in the form of mat work, meaning simple exercises that can be done on the floor with only a few simple props or with nothing at all. Once he had developed these techniques, he moved on to develop several resistance based exercise machines to add to the benefits of Pilates. While imprisoned during WWI, Joseph Pilates dismantled hospital beds and used their springs to construct rudimentary resistance equipment that could be used by those unable to leave their beds due to illness or injury. Though they have been adapted and improved with modern science, many of Joseph Pilates machines are still used today.

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