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What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a body conditioning method that seeks to build strength, coordination, flexibility and endurance without adding any muscle bulk. Pilates also helps increase the circulation which gets the blood flowing to every cell of your body. It also helps to sculpt the body as well as strengthen the body’s -powerhouse- or -core-. People who faithfully do Pilates feel that they are less prone to injury, have better posture and experience better overall health. Joseph H. Pilates who founded the Pilates method was born in Germany. He […]

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Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. In 1912 he moved to England and earned a living as a boxer, a circus performer and a self-defense trainer. During World Was I he was sent to a camp in Lancaster where he trained other inmates in fitness and exercises and this is where the beginning of the Pilates method stemmed from. It was about 1925 when Joseph Pilates migrated to the U.S. On the ship he came over on, he met his future wife, Clara. In New […]

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Benefits of Pilates

So, you want to learn Pilates? In case you are not quite convinced here are some benefits that you will reap by doing Pilates workouts. A wholesome mind-body workout When you do Pilates, your mind becomes tuned in with your body. Are become acutely aware of where your body is in space, how it feels and how you will control its movement. With Pilates you are looking for quality movements, not quantity. Proper breathing is essential and when done properly it can be a great stress reducer. […]

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Getting Started with Pilates

One of the great things about Pilates is that it is suited for just about everyone no matter if you are a couch potato or a fitness buff. Due to the fact that Pilates has gained a lot of notoriety recently, there are many classes available. You will probably find that many YMCAs and fitness centers offer Pilates, mostly associated with mat work. There are some Pilates instructors who offer private classes. These may be purchased either separately one class at a time or in blocks of […]

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