Pilates — What Does It Do?

Joseph Pilates was one of the first Westerners to recognize that the body is controlled by the mind, thus the "mind-body" connection we hear so much about today. While performing Pilates exercises, the brain must be engaged to control the actions of the body, or else we risk injury.

Pilates exercises result in smooth, toned muscles because they are working in a lengthened position. In conventional exercise, the muscles are working in a shortened position, building bulk rather than functional strength. When Pilates exercises are performed correctly, the entire body is working from the CORE muscles first, with the muscles of the limbs becoming stronger from the CORE. The CORE muscles consists of the abdominal and back muscles.


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