Pilates is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920's. During World War I, he was a nurse at an army hospital, where he used springs from hospital beds to help soldiers exercise while healing from illness or injury. From this concept, Joe created the spring-based resistance equipment and exercises we know today as Pilates.
Joseph Pilates defined fitness as, "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." Pilates is a full-body, core-based, strength training workout that uses all of our stabilizer muscles as well as prime movers. After workout, you will feel muscles that you were not aware existed! We like to say that Pilates makes us efficient movers, because it improves coordination and promotes proper muscle recruitment. These are important skills for everybody, as they help with injury prevention and improve the activities that we enjoy most, whether that be golfing, running, cycling, or horseback riding.
Pilates is a great choice of exercise for all people of any age, gender, shape or size. My clients say this is the fastest hour of exercise they've ever done, and it's the first time they've actually looked forward to exercise. The workout is truly enjoyable, and they leave feeling as though they just had a massage. And the best part is that it works! The results are amazing and quick.