The Pilates Method
Pilates is a full body workout system that integrates your body and mind into total fitness. Pilates was developed in the 1920’s during the Spanish Flu pandemic by Joseph H. Pilates, a fitness and conditioning enthusiast born in Germany on 1883. the Pilates method is a system of more than 500 exercises that condition the whole body as well as engage the mind.
Pilates includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control, and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength. It can also be helpful in cross-training for sports. But Pilates isn’t just for fitness fanatics. It’s actually an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles, work on better alignment and posture, and is a great physical rehabilitation post injury or surgery.
‘Breath’ is one of the foundation principles in the Pilates method and is known as the ‘engine’ behind Pilates. Pilates can improve respiratory endurance, lung volumes and, inspiratory and expiratory flow rates.
The blend of resistance, strength and flexibility training offers one of the best overall workouts around and can be done on a mat or machine (reformer).