What Is Pilates?

Classical Pilates is a series of controlled movements performed on spring-based equipment as well as specifically sequenced mat exercises. A workout based on the proper alignment of the body and precise execution of the exercise; the Pilates Method is an appropriate exercise discipline for everyone at any stage of physical fitness. The results are efficiency and ease in movement from a stronger, integrated body. It is a full body exercise system that strengthens the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, and inner thigh region. In Classical Pilates we refer to this region as the “powerhouse.” By strengthening the powerhouse, those who practice Pilates notice improvements in posture, energy, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina and muscle tone. In addition to customizing each workout to meet the needs of the individual, every session embraces the six principles of Pilates: control, concentration, body alignment, precision, correct breathing, and flowing movement.

The Pilates method was invented in the early part of the 20th century by German athlete Joseph Pilates, who designed a series of mat exercises to help balance the body, improve motion, strengthen, and promote mental and physical harmony. He originally named his technique the art of controlology, control being one of the most important aspects of Pilates. The exercises Pilates developed require intense concentration and centered on a strong abdomen, deep stretching, and focused breathing.

Pilates has proven itself for more than 80 years as an effective and safe method of exercise, when taught and applied correctly. It has been the workout of choice for dancers, athletes and fitness enthusiasts for decades. In recent years the word Pilates worked itself into the mainstream, the direct result of an intellectual property lawsuit in which a US federal court ruled the term “Pilates” generic and free for unrestricted use. Search engine results are now in the millions as numerous organizations have entered the market to capitalize on the latest fitness trend and individuals across the globe look to benefit from Joe’s unique approach to health and fitness. As a result, consumers now face extensive and confliction information about what Pilates is, how it works, and what credentials they should seek in an instructor.

Classical Pilates remains true to the vision of its founder and creator, Joseph Pilates, who believed that health and fitness could best be achieved by a comprehensive and integrative approach, one that aligns the body, sharpens the mind, and promotes an overall sense of well-being. To uphold that vision, the classical Pilates method honors and follows the specific sequences and exercise repertoires of Joseph Pilates, which have endured and been proven effective for nearly a century.

A workout based on the proper alignment of the body and precise execution of the exercise; the Pilates method is an appropriate exercise discipline for everyone at any stage of physical fitness. The results are efficiency and ease in movement from a stronger, integrated body.

The Pilates method is a method of physical conditioning that works the entire body, and in the process teaches one to move more efficiently, and therefore, do everything in life with greater ease.