Pilates is a system of focused movements and breathing techniques aimed at improving flexibility, posture, and strength without adding muscle mass. Pilates exercises draw on the "powerhouse" region of the body, comprised of the abs and buttocks, for the execution of poses. Whether you’re a staunch Pilates devotee, or are interested in finding some Pilates classes in your neighborhood, the following guide has the information you’ll need to enhance your practice (and your butt!).


Although the practice of Pilates is approaching its centennial, its popularity has risen markedly in the past 10 years or so. The sites below deliver basic information on Pilates philosophy, Pilates exercises, and Pilates equipment.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • This section will introduce you to what Pilates is, but each instructor will have their own modifications to the technique.
  • Although Joseph Pilates first developed his technique using specific machinery, many people simply practice mat Pilates. Learn the difference between mats and machines before you choose a course of study. 

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Doing Pilates

Although there are many varieties of Pilates, you can’t do ... read more »

Types of Pilates

Various teachers have modified Joseph Pilates' original technique, and there are numerous ways you ... read more »

Pilates Gear

While some people will only need to purchase a Pilates mat and stretchy pants, others may decide to ... read more »

Pilates Certification

The following organizations have developed official certification programs and standards for what ... read more »

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