Get the basics on its history, benefits and more


Who should be doing Pilates? Everyone and anyone! Women, men, seniors, expectant moms, new parents, teenagers, those with back issues, athletes; cyclists, runners, golfers, swimmers… There is no one who cannot or should not be doing Pilates as it benefits all


Pilates is a system of exercises that were developed by Joe Pilates nearly a century ago using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance the mind/body connection. It focuses on the core muscles of the body—the abdominals, back and glutes—but it is a full body workout.


Pilates elongates and strengthens the body, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles. The Pilates body is long and lean.


Do it on the mat, on machines or in your home. One time a week and you will see and feel the benefits. Two times and you will develop the technique and gain strength more quickly. Three times a week is optimal.


Abdominal strength, improved posture and flexibility, corrected alignment. Whether you practice 1, 2 or 3 times a week, if you are consistent in your Pilates practice this quote by Joe is true: “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference in 30 sessions you will have a new body.”


A•line’s 6 Principles of Pilates Practice: