Pilates Workouts

The Revitalizing Workout for Mind and Body

Pilates workout on the Wunda Chair

Pilates mindful corrective exercise is the original and enduring functional fitness method. Individualized Pilates workouts restore natural physical strength and stamina safely while improving circulation, breathing, and full range of motion.

In practice, Pilates workouts involve performing a well defined set of exercises with precision and control in a thoughtful order and at a brisk deliberate pace. The method that Joseph Pilates called “Contrology” is rooted in the idea that humans are remarkably adaptable and capable of recovery and growth at any age.

Joe Pilates’ ideas about fitness were based on a lifetime of observation and experience. He believed that humans weren’t adapted for urban living and that the body and mind needed regular controlled exposure to the physical demands of the natural world in order to be restored to state of total physical and mental fitness. This seemed revolutionary when introduced to pre-spandex America nearly a century ago, but is now widely supported by exercise science. Pilates is recommended by physicians and physical therapists because regular low impact exercise, under direction of a trained instructor, reaches beyond the superficial muscles to exercise the deep structural muscles and other tissues of the pelvis, spine, and even the organs.

Joe Pilates demonstratesContrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.” – Joe Pilates

Lori Coleman-Brown

Proven Benefits of Pilates

  • Improved posture.
  • Decreased low back pain.*
  • Increased spine mobility.
  • Increased muscle flexibility.
  • Improved muscular endurance.
  • Improved body awareness.
  • Improved pelvic control.
  • Improved bone density.

Pilates begins with mind control over muscles.

  • Breathing
  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Flow
  • Precision

*Research data suggest that Pilates used as a specific core stability exercise incorporating functional movements can improve non-specific chronic low back pain in an active population compared to no intervention. Additionally, Pilates can improve general health, pain level, sports functioning, flexibility, and proprioception in individuals with chronic low back pain. — Gladwell, Valerie, et al. “Does a program of Pilates improve chronic non-specific low back pain?.” Journal of sport rehabilitation 15.4 (2006): 338.