Pilates is a strengthening and lengthening form of exercise that focuses on the strength of your core muscles while also training the strength and flexibility in your arms and legs.
Pilates is based on the original exercises Joseph Pilates developed to strengthen his own body as a very young man and then began teaching others. The Mat work came before any of the Pilates apparatus (equipment) he developed. It includes over 500 exercises and can be practiced anywhere. Mat Pilates can be modified for any age, body, or fitness level.
Pilates is a mind, body, and spirit practice with benefits that include improved posture, better coordination and balance, increased lung capacity, improved concentration and focus, increased body awareness, stress management, and injury prevention. Mat work is a great choice for everyone from Pilates beginners to advanced participants because the exercises not only build in difficulty, but every exercise can be modified to decrease or increase the level of challenge.
Practicing Mat Pilates helps build a strong, balanced body and increases your flexibility. As you progress, you will notice improvements in breathing, focus, stress management, and body awareness.
What you need
Bring a sweat towel, a drink bottle and wear some comfortable stretchy workout clothes.