Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips and back. It also puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignement, improves breathing and develops a strong core, while it also improves coordiation and balance.
Joseph Pilates's system allows for different exercises to be modified in range
of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, improves posture and teaches to move with ease and grace. Pilates will transform your body dramatically. Without putting too much effort or time in it, this system will create you a toned body with slender thighs, flat abdomen and ease your joints and your move.
The pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does it by using a range of apparatus to guide and train the body. Joseph Pilates originally developed his method as mat exercises, but in common with several other physical culture systems from the first part of the 20th century, he used several pieces of apparatus to help people "get the method in their bodies". Each apparatus has its own repertoire of exercises and importance within the system.
Today, the Pilates method is divided into 2 camps. One is the classical/authentic Pilates, which teaches consistency in respecting the principles of the method. The other one is the modern Pilates, which is highly marketed nowadays, particularly as an extension of the physiotherapy and fitness industries. In the modern version, only a little remained of Pilates system.