What is Pilates?

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Developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a method of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. Using the ten principles of Pilates, Pilates aims at strengthening your body’s ‘Powerhouse’ (the center of your body, between your bottom ribs and the top of your pubic bone, including the abdominals and the lower back), in order to benefit the whole body. Originally used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war, Pilates was later found to be highly beneficial to those seeking a higher level of fitness.

Benefits of Pilates

The ‘Pilates method’ can be done by a wide range of people because it is easily adaptable for different populations, conditions and even injuries. Benefits from practicing Pilates include:

  • Increased strength
  • Longer and leaner muscles
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased grace

Levels of Pilates

Depending on your level of fitness, the amount of time that you have done Pilates and your goals, there are three levels of Pilates at which you can practice.

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Principles of Pilates

There are six Pilates principles that are essential to a high quality Pilates workout. Emphasis is placed on quality instead of quantity: Pilates exercises use a low number of repetitions, with precision, yielding significant results in a shorter time.

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