Pilates is a method of exercise that can be performed on a mat with specialized equipment. The exercises condition the body, strengthening and lengthening the body's muscles. Pilates improves posture and has antiaging qualities, as it strengths the abdominal muscles, inner thighs, and upper arms without affecting the joints. The exercises place emphasis on reducing the incidence of back pain and injury.

The Developer of Pilates

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph H. Pilates, who was a skier, boxer, dancer, and gymnast. Pilates developed an obsession with physical fitness, and during World War I, he designed exercise equipment to rehabilitate injured war victims. He opened his first studio in New York City, with his wife Clara, in 1926. Many of their clients were prominent dancers, including Martha ...

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