What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. His guiding philosophy in creating the Pilates method was that the "whole" must be exercised in order to achieve good health. Pilates apparatus classes are designed to condition the entire body with spring resistance based movements, which ultimately correct body alignment and balance movement, while improving strength, flexibility, and overall range of motion.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates is designed for men and women of any age, and any fitness level. Because of its spring resistance based training, Pilates can be a great cross-training method for athletes, a low-impact way to help rehab those suffering from injury, a safe practice for pregnant women, and also a great form of exercise for overall health, wellness, and injury prevention.
Benefits of Pilates
The Pilates method focuses a lot of emphasis on core strength, which in turn, can help alleviate common lower back pain. Pilates is also designed to strengthen muscles without creating bulk, therefore creating a longer and leaner frame. For the older population, Pilates is vital in strengthening the small muscles that will help prevent loss of balance.