What Is Pilates?


noun /piˈlätēz/

Definition: A system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

Pilates is an exercise program named after Joseph Pilates, who developed the program in the early 20th century, to improve the physical fitness of World War I soldiers. Pilates later incorporated resistance into programs for rehabilitating injured patients. He later incorporated springs into machines that later became the foundation of the famous Pilates equipment used today.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that uses the “core” or “powerhouse” to build flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination without adding muscle bulk. Results of Pilates are increased circulation and a longer leaner appearance. Awareness of breathing and precise control of movements is an integral component of Pilates.