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Pilates is an exercise technique that focuses on building strength and flexibility through slow, controlled movements. It incorporates the breath as a way to connect the mind with the body.

Who is Joseph Pilates?
Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates technique in the 1920’s. Born in Germany, he was a sickly child, suffering many ailments including asthma and rheumatic fever. As a way to overcome his poor health, Joseph took to training his body. He was a body builder, boxer, skier, diver and gymnast. In 1912 he moved to England where he worked as an Intern in an English hospital during World War II. It was there that he developed the Pilates method. He observed that the wounded soldiers and patients who were bedridden could not exercise. Joseph made an exercise machine out of hospital bed springs and parts which allowed the patients to work their bodies, in turn giving them a faster recovery time. Joseph later moved to New York City in 1926 where he opened his Pilates studio near several major New York dancing companies. Pilates soon became a popular exercise program in the New York community. Today it is internationally popular, benefiting people of every age and physical ability.

What are the Benefits of Pilates?
Pilates tones the body without adding bulk. It works to strengthen the Core Muscles of the body, creating a strong physical powerhouse from which all movement stems. It greatly increases flexibility and range of motion, while the gentle stretching nature of its movements help give an injury-free workout experience. It also contributes to weight loss, increased energy, and better mental focus.

What are the Core Muscles?
The Core Muscles are the muscles of the stomach, hips and back that support the spine. They work together to give the body stability and balance, creating a solid foundation for all movement.


For more information about Pilates, visit www.InternationalPilates.org.

"Pilates is an outstanding exercise for a teen. Anything that is going to focus on the mental approach, flexibility, and can give a kid a competitive edge is an outstanding program."

Todd Howey, HS Athletic Director

 

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