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What is Pilates?


Originally developed in the 1920's by Joseph Pilates, the Pilates exercise method is a total-body conditioning workout that produces long, lean muscles while improving deep core strength, muscle control, flexibility, coordination and body tone. Pilates exercises emphasize smooth, flowing movements that are propelled by both the breath and the “Powerhouse,” which includes the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, the glutes and muscles around the hips.

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Pilates exercises can be performed on a sticky mat or on specialized equipment such as the reformer, which uses springs to provide resistance and assistance to build strength without increasing bulk. For safety and efficiency, Pilates Equipment classes are offered in small groups so instructors can give students personalized attention. Many of the Pilates Equipment classes at Life Time Fitness also include mat work.

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Our Peak into Pilates events are a great way to see what everyone is talking about! Participate in this complimentary 30-minute demonstration and experience the power of Pilates for yourself. Instructors are available to answer your questions about Pilates and share the benefits this form of exercise can have for you, regardless of your fitness level. Whether you’re interested in learning about the reformer or mat classes, this is your chance to find out about all things Pilates.

Contact your local Pilates Coordinator to register for the next Peak into Pilates session.

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