Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or centre, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced routines. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Pilates can be adapted for most individuals, from a pre-teenager with poor posture, to an elite sportsperson (Chris Judd does it!), a stressed out business person or a senior citizen who just wants to stay active and mobile.