Pilates is a training method focused on strengthening the muscles, improving flexibility, and promoting proper body alignment. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and is widely practiced worldwide.
Pilates exercises primarily target the "core" muscles, including the deep muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvic floor. The emphasis is on creating a stable and strong core, which leads to improved posture and balance.
The principles of Pilates include:
Pilates can be practiced on a mat, using body weight and small tools such as resistance bands and balls. There are also Pilates exercises on special equipment, such as the Reformer, which provides resistance using springs and pulleys.
The benefits of Pilates include: