The concept of the Pilates exercise systems
has really taken off in the last few years. Is pilates an
extension of yoga or does it stand alone and what about
the machines that we hear about?
What is Pilates?
The great thing about pilates is that the
exercises are gentle yet challenging and are designed to
place as little strain on the body as possible. Therefore
Pilates can be practiced by anyone regardless of age and
exercise experience. Although a lot of pilates exercises
are designed with machines in mind there are a lot of exercises
that require only the participation of the individual. You
can do Pilates at home if you want.
After the War he moved to New York to open a fitness studio where his techniques soon came to the attention of the rich and famous of that day. He continued to develop his techniques and perfect his methods and wrote several books on fitness but never set up an official training program. Now in the 21st century the disciples originated by Joseph Pilates have many versions and interpretations of his methods, however they all retain the principles of their origins.