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  Pilates was originally called Contrology, because Joseph Pilates, the founder, believed his method used the mind to control the muscles. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany, where he trained the German military and he used his ideas and training exercises during World War I. His system of exercise enabled the soldiers to build strength using resistance, which later evolved into his equipment design. Resistance training is based on the use of springs to provide additional resistance as the spring stretches.

Most of the repertoire is done on the various pieces of equipment such as, the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda chair, Ped-o-Pul and the Step Barrel. His series of Mat exercises were also an intricate part of his repertoire.

Pilates is a body conditioning exercise routine that builds strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and coordination. This program focuses on the “Core” which are the muscles in the abdominal and back region of the body. These muscles are essential in providing support for the spine and will result in better posture and less injury.

Joseph Pilates designed his exercise program around the principles of Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Flow, and Flexibility. He believed greatly in mental and physical health and that they are essential to one another.

Pilates is a unique exercise program because it is low impact, but very effective. Within 10 sessions you will feel a difference in your body. Anyone can do Pilates no matter your age, weight, exercise background, and sex. Give it a try and become healthier today!

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