Combining eastern and western forms of conditioning including gymnastics, boxing and yoga, Pilates is a whole body exercise system utilizing both spring resistance equipment as well a floor exercises. Pressing or pulling the springs of the Pilates equipment creates resistance and engagement of directed muscles groups. Depending on the placement of the body in relationship to springs, the force and apparatus use change function. The equipment either creates a resistance to work against, or assists in body motions to aid and increase flexibility and ranges of motion. Hence, Pilates strengthens and lengthens. The Pilates system focuses on alignment while working out the whole body. Asymmetries and muscular imbalances are addressed to create a complete and centering workout. Pilates is very helpful for stabilizing spine and pelvic imbalances and finding "center".

The work of
​Joseph Pilates

Photos: Cory Antiel Productions