If you're new to Pilates, you are about to discover an exceptional fitness routine with the power to transform your body
for the better. Every move we make in daily life—sitting, standing, walking, lifting—is supported by the core muscles of the
stomach, back and pelvis. If that fundamental base of support isn't strong, it can strain the rest of your body, and your
So, what is Pilates? Pilates is the most evolved system for strengthening these important core muscles. It puts you in
control of your fitness and conditions you for living life on your own terms. It's challenging. It's fun. It's
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Through its emphasis on building core strength through proper form, breathing and concentration, the benefits of Pilates are
many. Through Pilates, you can:
- Increase your flexibility
- Improve your posture
- Prevent or recover from injuries
- Reduce back pain
- Improve sports performance
- Flatten your abs
- Improve your balance
- Move with grace
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Anyone can reap the benefits of Pilates. Pilates is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, no longer the
secret weapon of celebrities and dancers. Pilates has been embraced by physical therapists, elite athletes, new moms, office
workers, the elderly and children, who are all experiencing the benefits of Pilates, and loving it.
Who invented Pilates?
Originally called Contrology, Pilates was developed nearly a century ago by Joseph Pilates, a lifelong student of fitness and
human movement. He began rehabilitating soldiers during WWI in Europe and continued developing his approach in New York,
where dancers, boxers and regular folks sought his services in a time before "fitness" was a mainstream pursuit. His
revolutionary methods are kept alive today by several generations of devoted apprentices, who combine Pilates' principles
with modern exercise science to share the ben