How Pilates works

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates.  It is especially practiced in the United States (where Pilates lived, developed, and taught his method) and the United Kingdom (where he lived and taught early stages of his method). 

Pilates is a method the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout when properly manifested.  If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength, develops control and endurance in the whole human body.  It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.  Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.