Pilates (pronounced Puh-la-tees) is a unique movement system designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Developed over 80 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates, Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles and creating postural alignment all while stretching and toning the muscles in gentle but challenging ways. Pilates uses your body weight in conjunction with springs and props to achieve body-transforming results.
Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor itself, but also as an important addition to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. By evenly training all muscle groups you avoid muscle imbalances and joint strains that can lead to injury. Pilates is recommended for people facing the challenges of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, limited range of motion, arthritis, osteoporosis, and scoliosis as well as pre- and post-natal women.
Pilates is for anyone who desires a firm yet flexible body, and for those who want to move, work, and play without pain. With over 500 exercises, pilates is appropriate for all fitness levels: individuals recovering from an injury, a weekend warrior, an aspiring scratch golfer, or an elite athlete. Whether you are a beginner just starting on a fitness routine or have been exercising for years, you will find Pilates to be a challenging yet rewarding workout.