What Is Pilates?
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"As a runner, lifter, and ballplayer, I find Zipi's Pilates classes a great complement to my fitness activities. The core strengthening improves overall strength, quickness, and flexibility (especially in the lower back) and is a great workout in its own right. And how often do you get to hear---as Zipi encourages each of her classes---that "You are beautiful"?"

— Ken Packman, J.D.

What is Pilates?

Pilates exercises, developed by Joseph Pilates, are very efficient in transforming your body shape dramatically. They build strength without excess bulk, creating toned body, slender thighs and flat abdomen. It has been used by professional dancers and top athletes for decades to increase strength, flexibility and to prevent injury. Whether you train on Pilates machines or take Pilates mat classes you will be using quality moves rather than lots of repetitions to achieve faster results.

The Benefits of Pilates

Improve Posture, Agility and Body Awareness

Pilates exercises strengthen the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles around the spine and the shoulders to develop strong “core”. By using correct spinal and pelvic alignment, combined with proper breathing which helps executing movements with maximum power and efficiency, you will work all the muscles in your body, improve your posture by correcting muscles imbalance, improve flexibility, body awareness and reduce stress.

Build strength without bulking the muscle up

Traditional weight lift tends to bulk and shorten the muscles – which increase the probability of injuries. Pilates elongates and strengthens the muscles. It improves joint mobility and muscle elasticity, thereby reducing the likelihood of injury.

Safe and Challenging for any Fitness Level

Pilates exercise muscles group, rather than isolated muscle as in conventional weight lifting, thus train the body for everyday challenges and sport activities. The exercises are extremely versatile and can be adjusted to people fitness level. They can be gentle when used for rehabilitation, or very challenging when used for increasing sport performance.