Doing Pilates



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!).


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Doing Pilates

Although there are many varieties of Pilates, you can’t do any of them without some preliminary instruction. That might mean checking out a few Pilates exercises online, finding a class to take, or committing to study with a Pilates instructor.

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  • If you’re a Pilates teacher or you own a studio, many online directories will let you add your studio for free.
  • Most argue that the best way to study Pilates, at least in the early stages, is with a private instructor. If you do elect to take a class or study at home, pay close attention to form and nuance. An exercise performed incorrectly may produce no effect, or could prove harmful.
  • Pilates necessitates special equipment and gear, such as a mat or a Pilates Reformer machine. Explore these options in the “Where can I buy gear and apparel?” section and the “What are the different kinds of Pilates?” section of this guide.

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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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