What is Pilates?
Pilates precise movements are designed to stretch and strengthen without adding bulk. These apparatus exercises increase flexibility and coordination while strengthening the core muscles; focusing on the whole body rather than on body parts. The workout is both relaxing and revitalizing.
All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy and people at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Whatever your experience of Pilates the bottom line is, you will be transformed.
History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in the late 1800's, spent most of his youth in ill health. He was able to overcome his health issues with bodybuilding and exercise. Exercise, as it turned out, became his life. By his late teens he had become an accomplished athlete. During World War 1 Joseph was interned in England as an "enemy alien" with other German nationals. It was during this time that he refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise. Using bed springs and furniture, he created equipment that could be used for resistance exercise by the bedridden. After his release Joseph returned to Germany, where his system gained some popularity with the dance community. Shortly after, he decided to leave Germany for the USA. His teachings became very popular among the dance community in North America, and stayed that way for many years.
Some years after his death, the Pilates system started finding its way outside of the dance community, and now, almost 40 years after his death, millions of Americans practice Pilates.