Through a system of exercises performed either on a raised mat or various pieces of apparatus, Pilates emphasizes core strength (including the abdominals, back, and gluteal muscles), while improving flexibility, endurance, posture, and overall health.
Each piece of equipment has its own exercise repertoire, designed to enhance movement and achieve greater balance in the body. Whether working on the mat or the equipment, the fundamental concept remains the same: to engage the core muscles and initiate every movement from a place of strength, thereby seamlessly moving from one exercise to the next, with each exercise building on the last to provide an intense workout for the whole body.
Classical Pilates remains true to the vision of its founder and creator, Joseph Pilates, who believed that health and fitness could best be achieved by a comprehensive and integrative approach, one that aligns the body, sharpens the mind, and promotes an overall sense of well-being. To uphold that vision, the classical Pilates Method honors the specific sequences and exercise repertoires, which have endured for nearly a century.