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Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 He was frail child but during his life he grew to become an accomplished skier diver gymnast and boxer While being a nurse in England during World War I for his German citizenship he designed exercise apparatus for immobilized patients by attaching springs to hospital beds This system formed the foundation for his style of body conditioning and specialized exercise apparatus which he brought to New York City when he opened the first Pilates Studio in 1926 Today the Pilates Method is used worldwide by people at all levels of health and fitness as well as by dance companies sports teams spa clients and at private health clubs and gyms Pilates can help heal injuries improve alignment concentration and breathing in addition to increasing flexibility strength balance muscle tone energy and mental concentration Pilates is a method of body conditioning which promotes physical balance It can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physical therapy programs designed to speed recovery of soft tissue injuries There are more than 500 exercises most of which target the abdomen lower back and buttocks to develop the body uniformly Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise Pilates uses fewer more precise movements requiring proper control and form Your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movements correctly therefore you experience awareness of muscle function and control You must control your breathing along with your muscle movements This semester we started with the beginning mat series In a few weeks I could see results My abs felt stronger and my posture was improved The workout is difficult but well worth the effort I enjoy taking a group Pilates class because I feel more motivated I would really like to take a class with the Pilates equipment to see if it is harder ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography
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