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What is Pilates?


It is an exercise system that focuses on building strength without bulk, improves flexibility and agility, and helps to prevent and rehabilitates injury. Pilates involves a series of controlled movements that engage both your body and mind.

It was initially created for rehabilitation, but was later adopted by dancers and athletes and is now utilized by millions. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength, flexibility and alignment. The outcome of Pilates training is a balanced body which is strong, supple, toned and healthy.




Pilates is a program in which anyone of any age and fitness level can immediately start to benefit from. It is one of the most sought after exercise methods to solve ailments such as back pain, poor posture and muscular problems. It is not strenuous to undertake a Pilates workout and anyone of any age can benefit.

By learning how to do Pilates and incorporating it into an existing exercise program or to use it on its own, you will notice beneficial results quite quickly that often elude those that wish to gain better fitness and greater body flexibility. With better conditioning of the bodyís core muscles, the problem of muscle ache will reduce and over time disappear as you reap the benefits from the better conditioned, reprogrammed you.



Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880.  As a child, he suffered from a number of physical ailments & began a lifetime of dedication to physical fitness.  During World War I, he designed a system of exercises to improve the rehabilitation program for the many returning veterans.  After immigrating to New York in the 1920ís Joseph & his wife Clara opened their first studio in New York City.  They soon established a devout following in the local dance and the performing-arts community.



The 6 Pilates Principles


Joseph Pilates originally called his work "contrology." He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. Whether one is working out on a mat or using Pilates equipment, these basic principles infuse each exercise with intention and fullness of expression:


1.                Centering: Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Energetically, Pilates exercises are sourced from center.

2.               Concentration: If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.

3.               Control: Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices.

4.               Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each part of the body.

5.               Breath: Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows -- using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.

6.                 Flow: Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way.


For more information about Pilates, see Pilates F.A.Q.