Pilates, or the authentic Pilates method, is a total body exercise regimen developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. Plagued by a number of health issues as a child, Joseph dedicated his life to the study of physical fitness and the human body eventually developing the series of exercises and fitness techniques that has come to be known as the authentic Pilates method.
As a professional boxer, circus acrobat and self-defense expert, Pilates designed his unique exercise routines first and foremost to meet the needs of professional athletes and other occupations where strength, stamina, flexibility and resistance to injury are of critical importance. He further refined his method while a professional trainer and self-defense instructor for Germany's police forces as well as England's Scotland Yard.
Whereas many other exercise systems tend to focus on developing strength by isolating specific muscles usually in the arms and legs, the authentic Pilates method is designed to integrate all of the muscle groups in the body by focusing on activating and engaging the core muscle groups of the abdomen, back and buttocks - the "powerhouse" of the body.
All movements derive their strength from the powerhouse. Each Pilates exercise focuses on connecting the weaker parts of the body to the powerhouse so that the entire body becomes stronger, leaner, more flexible and resistant to injury.
Pilates works. Pilates is good for anyone interested in improving his or her fitness, posture, coordination, balance, flexibility and overall wellbeing. The authentic Pilates method can be adapted to suit any fitness level whether you are an elite athlete or new to exercise.
Active athletes will find Pilates to be a perfect compliment to their regular exercise routines - improving coordination, balancing strength and sharpening mental focus. Those new to exercise will find the natural and fluid movements of Pilates to be a satisfying challenge yielding visible results in a very short amount of time.
Pilates counteracts the damaging effects of the repetitive postures and motions of daily life and can eliminate many other painful conditions caused by simple imbalances or stress. The balanced nature of the exercises and the focus on strengthening the powerhouse improves posture, relieving stress on the joints and internal organs.
For best results clients are encouraged to commit to two or three sessions per week, especially at the beginning. As one gets stronger and develops proper use of the body, as little as once per week is adequate for maintenance. As the client progresses the workouts become increasingly more vigorous and challenging.