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!).
Various teachers have modified Joseph Pilates' original technique, and there are numerous ways you can practice. Several Pilates teachers have taken their knowledge of Pilates to develop and teach modified versions of the original practice, such as Fletcher Pilates, Stott Pilates, Power Pilates, and Winsor Pilates.
- If you're interested in reading about the court ruling that determined Pilates to be a generic form of exercise and not a trademarked name, you'll find the article on Balanced Body's Web site.
- It's hard to say objectively whether one type of Pilates is really better than another. Remember that each of these styles is represented by a commercial business that wants to sell its product. Before you choose a style or program, carefully outline your goals so you can easily determine which classes can best meet those goals.
While some people will only need to purchase a Pilates mat and stretchy pants, others may decide to ... read more »