What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates. As a child, Pilates suffered from a variety of aliments and became obsessed with becoming healthy. He studied various forms of physical fitness including boxing, fencing, wrestling, gymnastics, yoga, and zen meditation. Eventually, Pilates pulled these forms of exercise together and developed his own method called Contrology. Today, his method is named after him and is known the world over as Pilates.
In Pilates, as in yoga, there is a powerful mind-body connection. The following six Pilates principles are integral in achieving this connection: Breathing, Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Flow (Rhythm). As such, Pilates aids in strength, posture, flexibility, and concentration. These attributes not only ease the aches and pains of everyday life, they are sought after by top athletes looking to perfect their capabilities. This is why Pilates is one of the fastest growing exercises for athletes wanting to prevent injury and increase performance.
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